John Terry recruits Fabio Capello to turn tables on FA


John Terry's legal team has turned the tables on the Football Association in the Chelsea captain's disciplinary hearing by attempting to show that the governing body has treated him differently to other England players who have found themselves in controversial circumstances.

The former England manager Fabio Capello and Franco Baldini, his general manager during four years in charge of the national team, have been asked by Terry's defence team to submit statements detailing how they dealt with incidents involving Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll and Wayne Rooney.

On all occasions, Capello and Baldini worked on the basis that players were available for selection while they were awaiting the outcome of legal proceedings, or under pressure from events in their private life. Carroll was selected for his England debut against France in November 2010, one month after pleading guilty to assault.

Gerrard was selected to play for England on four occasions between December 2008, when he was charged with assault and affray, and July 2009 when he was acquitted of the charges. Rooney has never been the subject of a criminal charge but he was at the centre of some difficult disclosures about his private life in 2010.

Terry, 31, was stripped of the England captaincy by Capello in February 2010 to defuse the furore that followed revelations of Terry's alleged affair with Vanessa Perroncel, the former partner of Wayne Bridge. Terry has always denied that the affair took place.

He lost the captaincy for the second time in February this year. The FA removed it when the date for his trial on charges of racial abuse was moved to July, after this summer's European Championship. Capello's opposition to the FA's decision culminated in the Italian's departure.

Today Terry will discover the verdict of the independent regulatory commission on his charges of racially abusing the Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. The four-man panel, which includes the former Blackburn winger Stuart Ripley, now a solicitor, adjourned the third day of the hearing at Wembley stadium, at around 4.10pm yesterday.

On 13 July, Terry was cleared by Westminster magistrates' court of racially aggravated abuse of Ferdinand. Two weeks later, the FA announced it was charging Terry with "abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour" at the game at Loftus Road on 23 October last year that "included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Anton Ferdinand."

Terry announced his retirement from international football on Sunday night, claiming that the FA had made his position "untenable". He has retained the services of the QC George Carter-Stephenson, who led his defence at Westminster magistrates' court in July.

There have also been character statements from the likes of Ray Wilkins, Chelsea team-mate Ryan Bertrand and potentially Capello.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk