Capello on collision course after slamming FA over Terry decision
Published 21:07 05/02/12 By Martin Lipton
Fabio Capello last night publicly condemned his FA employers over the sacking of England skipper John Terry.
In his first statement since Terry was stripped of the captaincy by FA chairman David Bernstein on Friday, Capello refused to toe the party line.
“I completely disagree with the FA about the John Terry decision. I have told that to the chairman,” The England boss is reported to have told Italian state television. Even more remarkably, he then added: “I considered and still consider Terry the England captain. I think we first should wait for the trial conclusion.
“It cannot be sanctioned until it is properly judged by competent bodies.”
Capello’s dramatic intervention comes with sources close to the Italian suggesting he is on a collision course with his employers.
Bernstein announced on Friday Terry would not be allowed to captain the England side until after his July 9 trial at which he will be accused of racially insulting Anton Ferdinand in the defeat at QPR on October 23, although he is still available for selection.
The England boss was not consulted until the decision had effectively been made by Bernstein and the FA board and told Terry on Friday that he was angry at what has transpired but not able to do anything about it.
Last night the FA were anxious to get in touch with Capello and attempt to clarify his words.
Bernstein was already due to hold a meeting with Capello when he returns to his Wembley office after an overseas break this week.
But such a public act of insurrection towards the FA will put huge question marks over Capello’s fitness to stay in his job given the nature of the allegations against Terry.
Capello made clear his stance that the Chelsea man was “innocent until proven guilty” when he won his battle to name Terry in the squad for the November friendlies with Spain and Sweden, with the Blues skipper captaining against the Scandinavian side.
Yet with a number of senior players known to be uncomfortable about Terry’s presence in the squad in the light of the allegations against him, Capello’s position risks splitting the entire squad in the build-up to the tournament.
And his astonishing statements last night could see moves begin which would see the FA considering whether Capello has made his own position untenable.