Sports minister backs FA’s Terry decision

Sports minister Hugh Robertson has come to the defence of the FA, after the governing body’s decision to strip John Terry of the England captaincy came under scrutiny from Fabio Capello.

With the Chelsea defender set to appear in court in July in regards to Anton Ferdinand’s claims that Terry racially abused him, the FA took the nation’s captain’s armband away from the centre back, much to the distain of Capello.

However Robertson has made a public statement of support for the FA.

“It’s a difficult situation and emotions are running high, but I think up to now the FA have acted very sensibly, very reasonably and come to the right decision,” Robertson told Sky Sports News.

“There were two things they had to tackle at the end of last week. The moral case, which is very, very difficult one, because in this country you are innocent until proved guilty.

“It would have been very tough to take action on that front, but then there was also the practical side of it which is that it was going to make it extraordinarily difficult for John Terry, fabulous footballer and great captain that he is, to discharge that responsibility in the white heat of this sort of publicity during the European Championship so I believe they entirely made the right decision.

“I don’t think there’s any, any way that John Terry could have carried out the very considerable duties that are required of the national captain with this sort of thing going on in the background. Every single press conference, every single appearance, everything the England team had done during those Euros if he would have been captain would have had that as a backdrop.

“Whatever you think of John Terry the person, what you think about the case that is bound to of had a very poor effect on the team. So it was the only practical and sensible thing the FA could do,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight