FA standby stripping Terry of England captaincy

Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts is standing by the decision to remove John Terry as England captain.

Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts is standing by the decision to remove John Terry as England captain.

Terry will stand trial in July, after Euro 2012, over allegations he racially abused QPR defender Anton Ferdinand during October's Barclays Premier League meeting between the two sides.

Terry has not been found guilty of an offence and strenuously denies the charge he faces, and Rabbatts acknowledged in the Daily Telegraph: "The principle of innocent until proven guilty is absolutely paramount.

"But in other walks of life, if an employee who carries additional reputational responsibilities is subject to charges, they are suspended.

"Given the FA's policies and priorities, and given the reputation that the England captain has to stand by, it was not appropriate for him to be captain. I think the board, and in particular the chairman (David Bernstein), showed leadership. It is a decision the board can stand by.

"You make the right decisions for the right reasons. Ultimately what it comes back to is leadership, and the chairman and this board making the right decisions for the good of the game. We stand by it, and we move forward."

 
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