Terry was cautioned by ref Lee Mason on Saturday for time-wasting at a throw-in in the last minute of the game. It was his fifth booking of the season which brings a ban, ruling the Blues' captain out of tomorrow's quarter-final tie at Stamford Bridge.
But smiling Chelsea boss AVB insisted it wasn't a cynical, pre-planned act.
He explained: "Terry got a yellow card from a throw-in. Ashley Cole was looking for the best options and couldn't find any so Terry's out on Tuesday.
"It wasn't a deliberate yellow card as they're not allowed by UEFA.
"Frank Lampard was also on four yellow cards and we didn't force it."