Football: India to drop ‘Terry’ from cigarette packs

Published: April 12, 2012

In this file photograph taken on January 3, 2012 an Indian street vendor poses with a packet of cigarettes, adorned with an image said to resemble that of Chelsea and England footballer John Terry, on a stall in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP


An Indian health warning on cigarette packets that uses an apparent picture of England footballer John Terry with a set of blackened lungs is to be withdrawn, according to officials.

Terry’s London-based lawyers threatened to sue over the blurry photograph featuring the head and shoulders of a man closely resembling the former England captain and current skipper of Chelsea. “Some people raised objections to the picture,” said a health ministry official. “We’ve asked the directorate of advertisement and visual publicity to provide new pictures, which they have done.” However, the ministry has continued to deny the picture was of Terry, but it is distinctly similar to an image of him on the Internet.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2012.

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