John Terry has jetted off to Portugal with his wife Toni to celebrate Aston Villa’s Premier League survival – despite fears of a coronavirus second wave in Europe.
Villa coach Terry jumped on a private plane to head off on holiday after his team avoided relegation on the final day of the season with a 1-1 draw against West Ham.
The Chelsea legend and his wife posed enjoying a glass of fizz on the plane, posting the pictures to their Instagram followers along with snaps of his luxury villa in the Algarve.
But the pictures didn’t go down well with everybody, with millions of people back in the UK facing cancelled holidays and flights as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc.
Britons have been officially advised against all but essential travel to Portugal, and Terry and his wife will face a two-week quarantine when they return to the UK.One Instagram follower posted: “Have a great time! Hope you all isolate when you get back.”
Another wrote: “Congrats for staying up with Villa, have a great trip, Mr Chelsea. Don’t forget to wear your mask.”
Another couldn’t resist having a pop, saying: “You will have to isolate when you get back but have a good time.
“Still think Brits shouldn’t be allowed to leave the country, stay safe.”
One hopeful holidaymaker said it felt “unfair” that multi-millionnaire Terry could jet off to Portugal while her own family could lose £3,500 if their own holiday can’t go ahead.
Emma Fisher and her partner Luke Stanley are due to fly to Lanzarote for 10 nights on August 26 with their two children.
She told The Sun : “It’s so sad seeing photos of people like John Terry who has got lots of money when our family doesn’t know whether our holiday will go ahead — or even if we’ll get a refund.
“It feels very unfair.”
Terry and his wife were headed to their luxury pad in the Algarve which boasts an outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers and a large patio.
After posting pictures from their private jet, the former Chelsea and England defender then shared snaps of an idyllic beach bar nearby, where they enjoyed more drinks.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently advises British nationals against all but essential travel to Portugal. The guidance states that travel to Portugal is subject to entry restrictions, including a health screening on arrival.
On returning to the UK, travellers are told they must self-isolate for 14 days and provide journey and contact details in case they have caught coronavirus.
Anyone who refuses to self-isolate may be fined up to £1,000 or face further action.
Terry, 39, has been Villa’s assistant coach since 2018 following a trophy-laden playing career at Chelsea.