Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 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.
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.
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.

>>> Click the image to launch our guide.

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