Capello Resigns Over Terry Decision

Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello

Capello stepped down as manager of the Three Lions after meeting with the FA at Wembley on Wednesday, following a disagreement between the two parties about the decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy while a court case continues to hang over the Chelsea defender’s head.
Capello believed the FA board were wrong to take such action – believing the British justice principle of innocent until proven guilty should offer Terry protection – and as a result felt he had no choice but to resign.
“They really insulted me and damaged my authority,” Capello was quoted as saying by Italpresse. “What really hit me and forced me to take this decision was the fact the much-vaunted Anglo-Saxon sense of justice, as they are the first to claim that everyone is innocent until proven guilty.
“In Terry’s case, they gravely offended me and damaged my authority at the head of the England side, effectively creating a problem for the squad.
“I have never tolerated certain crossing of lines, so it was easy for me to spot it and take my decision to leave.”


1946: Born in San Canzian d’Isonzo, Gorizia, Italy.

1964: Makes his professional debut for Ferrara side SPAL, beginning a playing career in which he also represented Roma, Juventus and AC Milan and earned 32 caps for Italy.

1973: Scores the only goal as Italy beat England at Wembley for the first time.

1991: Appointed head coach of AC Milan.

1992: Wins first of three successive Italian league titles.

1993: Guides Milan to Champions League final, where they are beaten 1-0 by Marseille.

1994: Milan reach the Champions League final again, this time beating Barcelona 4-0. They later add the European Super Cup.

1995: Milan reach their third successive Champions League final but lose 1-0 to Ajax.

1996: Leaves Milan after winning a fourth Scudetto in five seasons and is appointed Real Madrid coach.

1997: Wins Spanish league title with Real, before returning for a second spell with Milan.

1998: Fired after unsuccessful return to Milan.

1999: Takes over as coach of Roma.

2001: Guides Roma to their first Scudetto for 18 years and only the third in their history.

2004: Leaves Roma to take over as Juventus coach, winning the Scudetto in his first season.

2006: May – Retains Scudetto with Juventus but they are later stripped of the title after match-fixing allegations.

July – Resigns amid speculation of a return to Real Madrid after Ramon Calderon, newly elected as president of the Spanish club, names Capello as his preferred choice for the vacant coaching position and later appoints him for a second stint in the role.

2007: June – Real Madrid celebrate their first league title since 2003 but he is sacked on June 28.

November – Declares his interest in becoming England manager.

December 14 – Capello’s appointment as England manager on a four-and-a-half-year contract is confirmed.

2008: February 6 – First match as national team boss sees goals by Jermaine Jenas and Shaun Wright-Phillips earn a 2-1 win over Switzerland in a friendly at Wembley.

September 6 – First competitive match sees England win 3-0 in Andorra as their World Cup qualification campaign gets under way.

2009: September 9 – A 5-1 win over Croatia at Wembley sees England book their spot in the World Cup in South Africa.

2010: February 5 – Capello strips John Terry of the England captaincy following allegations he had an affair with former team-mate Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend. Ferdinand is promoted to captain.

May 11 – The Italian is forced to postpone the ‘Capello Index’ until after the World Cup after a review by the FA.

June 2 – Capello agrees an amended contract with the FA, committing his future to England until after 2012.

June 12 – June 27 – Having got through the group stage of the World Cup, England are torn apart by Germany as they suffer a humiliating 4-1 defeat in the last 16.

July 2 – The FA confirm that Capello will remain in charge of the national team.

July 17 – Demands that the Capello Index be removed from the internet after insisting he had not seen or approved of the controversial rankings.

September 3 – England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier and follow up with a 3-1 win away to Switzerland.

November 17 – England beaten 2-1 by France in friendly at Wembley.

2011: March 19 – Capello announces John Terry has been restored as England captain.

March 26 – England beat Wales 2-0 in Euro 2012 qualifier in Cardiff.

June 4 – England battle back from 2-0 to secure a 2-2 draw in a Euro 2012 qualifier with Switzerland at Wembley.

September 2 – After wins over Bulgaria and Wales, England move within a point of reaching the Euro 2012 finals.

October 7 – Wayne Rooney is sent off during a 2-2 draw against Montenegro that clinches England’s qualification for Euro 2012.

December 9 – Wayne Rooney’s ban is reduced from three matches to two by UEFA following an FA appeal leaving him available to play in England’s final Euro 2012 group match against Ukraine.

2012: February 3 – FA board strip John Terry of England captaincy.

February 5 – Capello says he disagrees with FA’s decision to strip Terry of England captaincy in an interview on Italian television.

February 8 – Resigns as England manager.



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