John Terry is no longer captain of England

Posted on by SoccerPunter

John Terry was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in two years on Friday after concern his ongoing racism court case had made his position untenable, reports said.

Several British media outlets reported that English Football Association chairman David Bernstein had called Terry shortly before 10:00am (1000 GMT) to inform him of the body’s decision.

The FA would not immediately confirm the reports.

Bernstein had canvassed opinion amongst members of the FA board on Thursday, who were understood to favour replacing Terry, who is accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last year. Terry, 31, strongly denies the charges and has vowed to clear his name. However the decision this week to delay his court case until July 9 left FA chiefs with the prospect of the saga overshadowing England’s Euro 2012 campaign.

It was not immediately clear if Terry would continue to be available for selection to manager Fabio Capello, who was widely reported to have wanted the Chelsea defender to remain as his captain.

Friday’s developments marked the latest twist to Terry’s chequered England career following the decision to sack him as captain over allegations about his private life in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.

The FA’s ruling comes after mounting calls this week for Terry to be replaced from politicians, anti-racism campaigners and media pundits who warned of a “toxic” atmosphere in England’s multi-racial dressing room if he remained.

Anton Ferdinand’s older brother Rio is a member of the England squad, and in a further twist, could regain the captaincy following Terry’s sacking although Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard would also be considered.

Damian Collins MP, a member of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, had led calls for Terry to be fired.

“John Terry should stand aside as captain until the case is resolved, and any doubt either way removed,” he said.

Piara Powar, the executive director of European football’s anti-discrimination body – Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) also said Terry should be replaced.

“Innocent until proven guilty,” he Tweeted. “But should John Terry remain as England capt through the Euros? I can’t see how he can.”

Reading striker and radio pundit Jason Roberts Tweeted: “Believe me…the Dressing room at the Euros will be TOXIC unless the correct decision is made..!!!

Media commentators meanwhile broadly called for Terry’s replacement, arguing that the mere fact of the charges make him an inappropriate figurehead for English football given the FA’s record in campaigning against racism.

The Times’ chief sports writer Simon Barnes said Friday the FA faced an “invidious choice.”

“Should we seem to be rejecting the principle of innocent until proven guilty, or should we seem to be condoning racism?” Barnes wrote.

“Racism is emphatically a public issue, and to captain your country is a public role. Moreover, captaining England is not a fundamental human right.

“To choose, as captain of your country, a man who may have been guilty of racist behaviour is inappropriate, even if he denies it. So on those grounds alone it’s good night JT.”

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown Jankop posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Athletic Club vs Elche
1 minute ago
Unknown TC88CT posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Ciudad de Bolívar vs Sportivo Peñarol
5 minutes ago
Unknown bocchg55 posts a Asian Handicap tip on Juventus vs Milan
5 minutes ago
Unknown TC88CT posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Olimpo vs Circulo Deportivo
5 minutes ago
Unknown ginnocentus2002 posts a In-Play Over / Under tip on CSKA 1948 Sofia vs Ludogorets
8 minutes ago
Unknown ginnocentus2002 posts a In-Play Over/Under - 1st Half tip on CSKA 1948 Sofia vs Ludogorets
9 minutes ago
Unknown ginnocentus2002 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Atlético Madrid vs Real Sociedad
16 minutes ago
Unknown ginnocentus2002 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Cádiz vs Celta de Vigo
16 minutes ago
Unknown ginnocentus2002 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Tunisia U20 vs Uruguay U20
16 minutes ago
Unknown ginnocentus2002 posts a In-Play 1X2 tip on Iraq U20 vs England U20
16 minutes ago
News Headlines
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Top Draw Teams
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Potential Fixed Matches

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.



Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2023 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.