'Insulted' Capello walks away from England job
Fabio Capello last night stepped down as England manager following a meeting with Football Association chiefs at Wembley. The Italian had been unhappy at the decision to remove John Terry as England captain last weekend as the Chelsea defender awaits trial over allegations of racial abuse, telling Italian television that he disagreed with the move to get rid of Terry.
"They [the FA] really insulted me and damaged my authority. 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."
His decision to resign was announced by the FA after hours of meetings with the FA chairman David Bernstein.
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Opinion: James Lawton
Fabio Capello's decision to walk makes the whole adventure of his appointment a sorry story of missed opportunity and colliding professional values. English football is made, once again, a laughing stock. MOREReuse content