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Capello 'completely disagrees' with FA over Terry

ESPN staff
February 5, 2012

England manager Fabio Capello has reportedly blasted the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy ahead of Euro 2012.

Capello told Italian television he fundamentally disagreed with the removal of Terry as skipper, as the Chelsea defender awaits trial on a charge of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand when the teams met in the Premier League at Loftus Road in October.

The 31-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges at a hearing last week and his trial was set for July 9, eight days after the end of Euro 2012, forcing the FA to act. But Capello, who earns a reputed £6 million a year as England coach, is not happy at the turn of events.

"I completely disagree with the FA about the John Terry decision and I have told that to the chairman (David Bernstein)," he is said to have told Italian television station Rai 1.

"I told him that I don't think someone can be punished until it becomes official. I considered and still consider Terry as the England captain. I think we first should wait for the trial conclusion.

"The court will decide. It's going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if John Terry committed that crime. And I thought it fair that John Terry keeps the captain's armband."

Terry is currently injured and was in the stands to watch Chelsea draw 3-3 with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The home support booed Rio Ferdinand - brother of Anton - during the match.

Terry was stripped of the captaincy on Friday, the FA releasing a statement that read: "Following the decision to adjourn the court case against John Terry to July, The Football Association confirm he will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved.

"The FA Board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championship. Further to Wednesday's confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time.

"This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament."

Terry is still free to be selected to play for England, which has raised questions about harmony within the squad, especially if Rio Ferdinand is also picked.

Friday's move by the FA was the second time Chelsea's captain has had the England armband taken from him. In February 2010, Capello sacked him as captain after allegations he had an extra-marital affair with Wayne Bridge's former girlfriend.

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