Here is the statement from the FA website
“Following the decision to adjourn the court case against John Terry to July, The Football Association confirms he will not captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved.
The FA Board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championship. Further to Wednesday’s confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the Board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time.
This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament.
The FA Board can confirm that he has not been excluded from the squad and that Fabio Capello is free to select him for the Holland fixture on 29 February and the European Championship.
FA Chairman David Bernstein has spoken to both John Terry and Fabio Capello to explain the facts to them. Fabio Capello has not been involved in The FA Board discussions which reached this conclusion, but understands that The FA Board has authority to make this decision.
Fabio Capello will take the decision as to who will be made captain moving forward.
This decision in no way infers any suggestion of guilt in relation to the charge made against John Terry. The FA will be not be making any further comment on this matter.”
So the FA finally decided to take action, but why has it taken them so long? I can understand that they wanted to wait until the courts made their ruling, but surely the best thing to do was to have suspended him until that ruling was made.
Actions speak louder than words.
A statement like that would have shown people that the FA was taking the situation seriously. Ironically The England squad “showed their support” for kicking racism out of football during a 90-minute workout training session before the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales wearing Kick it Out sweatbands .
John Terry said “It was our way of getting the message out there and supporting the Kick it Out campaign.” – The following month the alleged incident between him and Anton Ferdinand occurred.
Kick It Out are part funded by The FA, so you would have thought that they would do more than have the England team wear a sweatband during training. Unfortunately those actions do speak volumes, but not in a good way!
This is not the first time John Terry has been striped of the captaincy. We all remember the issues that came from the revelations of his affair that happened with the Ex girlfriend of then Chelsea team mate and England team mate Wayne Bridge. Personally I thought that was the right decision and I don’t think he should have been reinstated as England captain. The England captaincy is more than just on the field, but is a representation of the country.
It would give the wrong impression of the country to have someone that was not only disloyal but also under investigation for racist abuse leading their country out in one of the world largest sports.
Time to call it a day?
Is it time for John Terry’s international career to come to an end. His current form for Chelsea has not been to his usual high standard and with England needing to build for the future, this surely would be the best time for either John Terry or Fabio Capello to call his international career to an end. It would be better for Terry to retire from international duty with some dignity and humility helping build his fractured reputation. If he is then found not guilty by the courts he can stand with his head held high.