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John Terry loses England captaincy

  • BBC, Friday, February 3, 2012 3:56 PM

The English FA has stripped the England captaincy from Chelsea defender John Terry, who is due to stand trial in July -- after the European Championship -- over racial abuse allegations after an incident with Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand.

Terry has entered a plea of not guilty to the charge and Coach Fabio Capello had until now maintained the position that Terry was innocent until proven guilty and that he should be free to select him as his captain until his trial is over. But the FA said in a statement that Terry would not "captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved ... This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament."

Terry was previously stripped of the captaincy when Capello removed him from the role in February 2010 following allegations he had an affair with an England teammate's ex-girlfriend.

Sports minister Hugh Robertson backed the FA's decision. "It would have been impossible for John Terry to have continued as captain with this charge over his head."

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