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The Sports Matrix: Monday 06 February 2012
Capello: FA should have kept Terry as England's captain
The England manager Fabio Capello last night launched a personal attack on the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.
Asked by an Italian broadcaster whether he agreed with the FA decision, Capello said: "No, absolutely not. I spoke with the chairman [David Bernstein] and I told him that I don't think someone can be punished until it becomes official.
"The court will decide. It's going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if John Terry committed that crime that he is accused of. And I thought it fair that John Terry keeps the captain's armband."
In a move that could herald a breakdown in relations between Capello and the FA, the England manager appeared to suggest in one version of the interview that that he believed Terry was "still the captain".
The interview was given to the Italian broadcaster RAI via video link from London. Capello was at Stamford Bridge yesterday to watch Chelsea's 3-3 draw with Manchester United. The FA's position has not changed, regardless of Capello's feelings. MORE
Villas-Boas angry at United penalties
Andre Villas-Boas was frustrated with referee Howard Webb yesterday as Chelsea lost a 3-0 lead to draw with Manchester United. Webb gave United two second-half penalties, which Villas-Boas called "very dubious", before Javier Hernandez's equaliser. MORE
Quick wickets give England slim hope
A late burst of wickets gave England a chance of victory in the third Test against Pakistan. Monty Panesar finished with five wickets as the "hosts" lost their last seven wickets for 34 runs, leaving England needing 324 to win. They ended the day on 36-0. MORE
Cissé marks debut with winning goal
Papiss Demba Cissé scored the winning goal on his Newcastle United debut yesterday, in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa. Demba Ba, also from Senegal, had put Newcastle ahead before Robbie Keane's equaliser, but Cissé won it with 19 minutes left. MORE
Patrick tries help Giants shock Wigan
Two Larne Patrick tries helped Huddersfield to a shock 20-16 win at Wigan in the biggest surprise of the opening weekend of Super League. The prop's second came after a 50-metre dash and ruined new Wigan coach Shaun Wane's first game in charge. MORE
Suarez back to face Spurs at Anfield
Luis Suarez returns from suspension for Liverpool against Tottenham with manager Kenny Dalglish expected to name the Uruguyan in the starting line-up. The forward has been banned for eight matches after racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. MORE
Halfpenny penalty seals Wales win
Wales surprised Ireland 23-21 in Dublin after a controversial late penalty from Leigh Halfpenny. Stephen Ferris was adjudged guilty of a tip-tackle on Ian Evans giving the visitors the chance of victory. Jonathan Davies had earlier gone over twice for Wales. MORE
Owen Farrell did not have a storming game for England on Saturday but did look as if he will settle in faster than anyone expected. But overall this was a messy performance from a very raw England team. MORE
Chelsea v United
The game was shown in the US as part of Fox's Superbowl build-up, and it was a display of the very best of the league.
After selling their best player, Rangers crashed out of the Scottish Cup, losing 2-0 at home to Dundee United.
A second five-for in his second Test back: Monty took 5 for 124 as England tried to restrict Pakistan in Dubai.
Trailing by six points with five minutes remaining, the Welsh rallied with a try and a penalty to triumph 23-21 in Ireland.
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