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Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

Capello says Terry should be captain


ROME — Four months before he is due to coach England at the European Championship, Fabio Capello publicly criticized his employers on Sunday for going against his wishes and removing John Terry as captain.

Terry was stripped of the armband by the English Football Association on Friday, two days after his trial for racially abusing an opponent was scheduled to be held after the European Championship.

Capello told Italy's state broadcaster RAI that he "absolutely" did not agree with the decision to dump Terry before the Chelsea defender had his day in court.

F.A. chairman David Bernstein fired Terry because of the difficulty in holding the high-profile captaincy role at Euro 2012 — which runs from June 8 to July 1 — when the player's fate on criminal charges won't be known until after his trial starts on July 9.

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