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Monday 11 December 2017

I can understand Capello's rage with FA

I CAN completely understand why Fabio Capello is frothing at the mouth right now because Terry is his best player, one he cannot afford to lose.

Football has an uncanny knack of fudging the big decisions and where possible, hiding behind rule books.

However, in the last few decades, many of football's embedded rules have been laid bare in civil courts and in this case, Terry and Capello are currently in a no man's land between the two.

The English FA has no process to handle this situation and we've seen inconsistencies about the way different footballers are treated when facing action in the courts of a criminal nature.

I'm not saying this in an easy problem to address because if there is one thing which is certain about the unholy mess surrounding Terry, it is the fact that there are enough agendas at work to keep a committee occupied for years.

That and the fact that there is no due process available to handle situations like this in English football has created conditions which may well make Capello's position untenable.

His decision to go public and berate the English FA for stripping Terry of the captaincy was more than reasonable. He was not consulted and if he was, he would have said no.

As far as he is concerned, Terry is innocent until proven guilty and should be allowed to continue as captain.

Worse, Capello's position has been undermined and he may have another choice to make in the coming days.

This can pan out three ways. The English FA could sack him for stepping out of line; he could walk because he feels his position is untenable; a veil will be drawn over the whole affair in the hope that the story will die down.

Of course if Terry loves his country as much as he says he does, he could have and should have resigned from the captaincy the moment charges were issued and made life easy for all concerned - particularly his manager.

The decision to long-finger the date for his trail caught the English FA on the hop and they panicked; no doubt pushed into action by Rio Ferdinand's Tweet. Call me old-fashioned but I must say, this Tweeting is absolutely deadly as we now see with Wayne Rooney's comments on Luis Suarez.

Naturally enough, the media put that alongside Kenny Dalglish's, to be blunt, stupid talk about Suarez after the Spurs game. They might as well have thrown a can of petrol on this weekend's Manchester United v Liverpool game.

Everyone has an agenda these days and tweeting allows them to put out on public view.

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