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Wednesday 17 December 2014

Chelsea's John Terry: the sports captains who disgraced themselves

John Terry
It's alleged that John Terry had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-fiancee of England team-mate Wayne Bridge. The FA have made it clear that the decision over whether Terry continues to captain the national side is purely Fabio Capello's.
John Terry
It's alleged that John Terry had an affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the ex-fiancee of England team-mate Wayne Bridge. The FA have made it clear that the decision over whether Terry continues to captain the national side is purely Fabio Capello's.
Ian Botham
Ian Botham was made England captain in 1980 - but it wasn't to be a happy tenure and he 'resigned' just a year later. During his short stint in charge, Beefy managed to be on the end of a few punches thrown by infuriated Lord's pavilion members. He angered them after he was perceived to be unnecessarily delaying play in the 1980 centenary match against Australia. Two Tests (a loss and a draw) into the 1981 Ashes series, and following zero wins in his 12 matches in charge, Botham resigned the captaincy. Alec Bedser, the Chairman of the selection panel, made it clear he would have been sacked anyway. Botham, always one for controversy, was to admit in 1986 that he had smoked Marajana. Many called for a life ban, in the end he was suspended for 63 days.
William Gallas
The occasionally unstable Arsenal defender was stripped of the captaincy in 2008 following a public attack on his team-mates. The Frenchman questioned his comrades' bravery and accused one player (rumoured to be Robin Van Persie) of disrupting morale. Wenger was forced to act and handed the armband to Cesc Fabregas instead. Many thought Gallas had it coming. During the previous season his leadership was questioned following his petulant reaction to a draw with Birmingham. During the match at St Andrews Gallas kicked an advertising hoarding and stood in the other half of the pitch as James McFadden scored a last-minute penalty.
Stephen Jackson
A captain's role is sometimes hard to define, but it's universally agreed that a key element must be to guide younger team-mates and act as a role model. So when last year Oakland Warriors star Stephen Jackson declared "being a team captain is overrated" and that acting as a role model was the least of his concerns, it was time to hand the armband to someone else. The NBA star appeared to relish the turmoil he was causing when he declared: "I love adversity. I make love to pressure."
Barry Ferguson
Scotland duo Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor disgraced themselves in 2009 after appearing to flip 'V' signs at television cameras during Scotland's World Cup qualifier with Iceland. The two players were sitting on the bench as punishment for a late night drinking session which had followed defeat in Scotland's previous match. Their flippant attitude and the fierce public reaction to their behaviour saw them banned from the national side and Ferguson lose the captaincy at club side Rangers.
Hansie Cronje
The South African batsman was a star of the game and appealed to a whole new generation of cricket fans. So when in 2000 allegations surfaced of match-fixing, there was widespread astonishment. At first the captain claimed: "the allegations are completely without substance". But the truth quickly unravelled and Cronje was found to have accepted thousands of pounds for 'forecasting' results for a London-based bookmaker. He was immediately stripped of the captaincy and following further investigation was banned from cricket for life.
Craig Gower
Rugby League club Penrith were forced to strip Craig Gower of the captaincy after some drink fuelled frivolity - involving the daughter of another player. It's alleged that in 2005 during a charity golf event, he argued with several guests, groped the teenage daughter of fellow professional Wayne Pearce, chased Pearce's son with a bottle before vomiting on him, streaked around the resort, attacked a golf cart and held a butter knife to the throat of a Sydney radio personality. As well as losing the armband, the Australian rugby league international (who will also be appearing for Italy in the upcoming Six Nations) was fined $100,000.
Lawrence Dallaglio
In 1999, Lawrence Dallaglio was forced to resign as England captain following allegations in the News of the World. The tabloid claimed that the Wasps legend had both used and dealt hard drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy. The incidents they referred to had taken place some eight or nine years earlier although the front page story made no mention of this. Dallaglio has always denied the claims and went on to reforge his career and help take England to two World Cup finals.
Andrew Flintoff
The 'Fredalo' incident was a low point in the entertaining international career of Andrew Flintoff. During the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, Freddie was involved in a little late night drinking. He reportedly had to be rescued from the sea after he fell off a pedalo. The all-rounder was stripped of the vice-captaincy and later blamed for derailing England's tournament by captain Michael Vaughan.
Zinedine Zidane
The actions of former France captain Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final were nothing short of astonishing. Playing in the final of the world's most prestigious tournament, ZiZou reacted furiously to a jibe from Marco Materazzi. What was said by the Italian is steeped in rumour - the most popular one being that Zidane's sister was mentioned. But there is no confusion over what happened next. Zidane stopped in his tracks and then 'chest-butted' the Italian defender. The French authorities never had a chance to punish Zidane (which they surely would have done considering his red card and that France lost the match) because he was retiring after the game anyway. With his actions, the footballing genius ensured he ended his captaincy and career on his terms.

John Terry has dominated the front and back pages ever since allegations of an affair surfaced last week.

From a football perspective, the focus has been on the impact the stories will have on the defender's England captaincy.

The Chelsea star can take solace that he's not the first captain to find himself in hot water.

Here we take a look at the skippers who disgraced themselves.

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