John Terry stripped of the England captaincy (again)
John Terry was ditched as England captain this morning.
‘Sources close to the Chelsea captain’ said he was stripped of the armband – metaphorically, alas – at 10am during a phone call from FA chairman David Bernstein.
The decision was made because Terry is due to stand trial in July over allegations he racial abused QPR’s Anton Ferdinand.
It’s all a bit of a mess in OTP’s humble opinion.
The allegation was made by Ferdinand in October last year. Terry has remained as captain since then, presumably on the basis that he is innocent until proven guilty.
But it seems that you can’t lead your country in a major international tournament as an innocent man if there’s a possibility you could be proven guilty a few weeks later.
Terry will still be available for selection as a player though, which suggests that you can represent your country in a major international tournament as an innocent man if there’s a possibility you could be proven guilty a few weeks later.
The explanation is probably that the FA was hoping the incident would be dropped or come to trial before the tournament. Once again they’ve created a bit of a pickle for themselves.
What are your thoughts, OTP fans?