England coach backs down and shelves 'Capello Index' project

The controversial 'Capello Index' project has been dumped until after the World Cup.

The controversial 'Capello Index' project has been dumped until after the World Cup.

England coach Fabio Capello created a storm of controversy by putting his name to the project just 24 hours before he was due to name his provisional 30-man squad for this summer's World Cup.

And, after a meeting between Capello and senior FA staff, the launch will be suspended until after England's World Cup exploits.

"Fabio Capello's involvement has been purely as a technical expert to establish statistical criteria for the Index," a spokesmen for Capello outlined.

"He has not been directly involved in the online gaming element of the site.

"However, he wants to ensure that all appropriate protocols are in place before the project proceeds and has therefore decided today to postpone it."

At this stage it is not clear whether the project will go ahead as planned for the start of the new Premier League season in August.

Getting himself involved in the project at such a sensitive time does raise a question mark about Capello's judgement, especially as the financial benefit would come to a man who already pockets £6million-a-year as England coach.

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