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Sunday 10 December 2017

Capello: FA were wrong to strip Terry of captaincy

ENGLAND manager Fabio Capello returned to his desk today having openly challenged the decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.

Capello was known to be upset that Terry was removed as skipper on Friday - a decision taken by English Football Association chairman David Bernstein without any consultation with the manager of the national side.

The decision came three months after Capello had been given full authority to deal with the Terry issue as he saw fit, selecting him as captain for the friendly win over Sweden on the basis the defender was innocent of racism charges until found guilty.

It is easy to see how Capello may conclude he has been undermined by developments, which took their decisive turn once it was known Terry would not face a court hearing into allegations he used racist language to QPR defender Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road in October until July - after Euro 2012.

Asked by national Italian broadcaster Rai1 whether he was in agreement with "the federation's decision regarding Terry?" Capello replied: "No, absolutely not.

"I have spoken to the chairman and I have said that in my opinion one cannot be punished until it's official and the court - a non-sporting court, a civil court - has made a decision to decide if John Terry has done what he has been accused of. I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain's armband."

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