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Capello criticises Terry decision

Major question marks hang over Fabio Capello's status as England coach after he spoke out in defence of axed skipper John Terry.

Capello was known to be upset that Terry was removed as captain on Friday, a decision that was taken by FA chairman David Bernstein without any consultation with the £6million-a-year 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 such time as he is found guilty.

It is easy to see how Capello may conclude he has been badly 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 Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road in October until July, after Euro 2012.

And, interviewed by national Italian broadcaster Rai 1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, where he attended Chelsea's thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United, Capello stated openly how angry he was.

Asked whether he was in agreement with "the Federation's decision re 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. The fact that the board has decided in this way is because it falls under the competence regarding ethics."

Capello is due at Wembley on Monday, where he will speak with Bernstein before heading to Anfield for Liverpool's Premier League encounter with Tottenham.

The fact he did attend Sunday's game as planned would seem to be an indication he wants to continue in his job. However, having challenged the FA so openly about such a contentious subject, in the process raising the potential for fierce disagreement with individual England players, there has to be a possibility of Capello's tenure ending, four years to the day since his first game in charge, a 2-1 win over Switzerland at Wembley.


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