Fabio Capello speaks out about the John Terry race row

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Former England manager Fabio Capello has hit out a the FA- insisting that John Terry should have never been stripped of his captaincy following the allegations that the Chelsea defender racially abused Anton Ferdinand back in 2011, the Daily Mail reports.

Capello resigned from his role at the England helm in 2012. The Italian was reportedly left unhappy with how the FA treated Terry:

“I fought for John to be able to come back and play but they [the Football Association] said ‘no you can’t decide about the player, you need to wait for the court decision,’ and I said ‘Why?’ But they had already decided before I asked."


The 1994 Champions League winning manager believes England would be a much stronger side with Terry in the squad:

"I think John is England’s best defender and they have not got a lot of defenders,’ Capello said, ‘It is better to have a player like John than not have him."

Capello, who was asked whether the FA should persuade Terry to return to the England at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai yesterday, said:

“England haven't got a lot of defenders but they sometimes have problems. But I don't think he has the chances to play with the national team any more.”


Terry, 34, was cleared of any racial abuse charges put forward to the Magistrates by Ferdinand, however the FA continued to pursue the Chelsea captain- and he was subsequently found guilty by the FA for using insulting words towards Ferdinand’s colour and race and banned for four matches with a fine of £220,000.

Following the FA verdict, Terry retired from international football after winning 78 caps for the national the side.

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