England manager Fabio Capello was set for talks about his own future with the Football Association yesterday after publicly condemning their decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy.
England boss Fabio Capello. Pic/Getty Images
And a former FA insider warned Capello, had put his own position in jeopardy ahead of this year's European football championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
"It is being taken very seriously by the FA because it may be that Fabio Capello has breached his contract," David Davies, who was the FA's international director, told the BBC on yesterday.
Terry, 31, was relieved of his duties on Thursday due to an ongoing court case in which he is accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers centre-back Anton Ferdinand during a match last year.
But the Chelsea centre-back remains available for England selection as a player. "You have to ask what his motive is," Davies said regarding the comments of Italian boss Capello, who earns a reported �6 million-a-year as England manager. "You have to suspect he wants to prevent John Terry retiring as a player before Euro 2012 but there are wider issues."
Capello was angered the FA had stripped Terry of the captaincy before his court case had been concluded and made his feelings clear on a football programme on Italian Rai public television on Sunday.
"I don't agree with the decision, I spoke with the chairman (Bernstein) telling him that in my opinion Terry cannot be punished until the court's decided -- that's the civil justice, not the sporting one -- that Terry has done that which he is accused of," Capello said