Capello must clear business deals: FA

The Football Association today confirmed Fabio Capello was contractually obliged to seek their approval for any external business ventures.

England manager Capello has reportedly been reminded of his obligations on this front as the fallout from the publication of the Capello Index continues.

The FA declined to comment directly on the matter but did confirm Capello was subject to the same conditions as any other employee.

It nevertheless appears certain any future venture the Italian undertakes will be subject to greater scrutiny than that which followed his decision to involve himself with the controversial Index.

The FA have already confirmed that, while he remains England manager, Capello would have no further input into the www.capelloindex.com website, which was still online this morning six days after it first went live.

Capello’s representatives have been working to remove his name and image rights from the site.

The Index was set up by the national team manager and business partner Chicco Merighi to publicly rank players’ performances at the World Cup.

It was shelved until after the tournament amid fears it could create a rift between the Italian and his squad.

Upon their publication at the weekend, the rankings proved to be particularly critical of Capello’s own players after their dismal displays in South Africa.

Although seemingly digging their heels in over removing all references to Capello, the site’s creators this week deleted the ratings given to England’s players and also published a disclaimer distancing Capello from direct involvement in any of the scores given.

It is unclear whether Capello – who assisted in the formation of the Index – is able to take legal action against the site’s creators to force them to remove his name and image.

The FA have said that would be a matter for the Italian and his representatives.

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