Fabio Capello backed by Sir Alex Ferguson after Terry row

15th of February, 2012 Bookmark and Share
Alstonefield, Staffordshire ( Prsplash ) February 9, 2012 - The majority of England supporters are happy to see John Terry lose the captain's armband following allegations that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand, although Fabio Capello is clearly annoyed that the FA have gone over his head, criticising the Football Association for what he feels is an unfair decision.

Capello was involved in an interview with Italian state broadcaster Rai 1 on Sunday evening where the England manager stated that he did not support the FA's move to depose Terry as captain of the national side, with the media questioning whether the 65-year-old would lead the Three Lions into battle during the Euro 2012 finals.

Sir Alex Ferguson has come to the defence of Capello this week, with the Manchester United manager having experienced several battles with his own board when it comes to getting more control over team affairs over the years.

Ferguson feels as though a manager is the most important position within a football club and therefore Capello has a right to feel dissatisfied by the FA dictating to him that John Terry can no longer be captain of England.

"There's nothing wrong with having an opinion," said Ferguson.

"I think what will happen in the next few days is there'll have to be a coming together of the FA hierarchy and Fabio Capello because he's the team manager, he has the importance of that position.

"Without question the most important person at a football club is the manager."

It appears unlikely that the FA are going to reverse their decision which means that Steven Gerrard is likely to lead England out in the first Euro 2012 match against France, although Terry appears to be committed to playing for the Three Lions in the Ukraine this summer.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson feels as though the right decision has been made. He told Sky Sports News: "The FA had a difficult decision to make.

"The chairman spoke to his board, I think weighed it all up and took, in my view, exactly the right decision.

"If the consequence of that is the manager walks away, the consequence of that is John Terry walks away, I would regret both of those two things enormously, but so be it.

"The FA have acted very sensibly, very reasonably, and they have come to the right decision.

"There were really two things they have to tackle at the end of last week.

"There was the moral case, which was a very difficult one because in this country you are innocent until you are proven guilty, so it would have been very tough to take action on that front."

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Peter Hodges


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Peter Hodges
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