Capello not so fab after all

PLANET EARTH has been saved — the evil shagging monster that threatened the morality of the universe has been vanquished. Now that John Terry has been stripped of the captaincy, the balance of the cosmos can return.

Exposed, vilified, humiliated, his personal life in tatters, his professional career stained, the morally perfect can now return to their ivory towers smug in the knowledge that a Chelsea England captain has been overthrown.

I do not condone anything that John Terry has done, but when this affair is getting more column inches, more dedicated radio talk shows, more TV time and more “celebrity sound bites” than Harold Shipman and Ian Huntley ever achieved, you have to agree something is wrong somewhere.

I have lost a lot of respect for Fabio Capello over this affair. I thought he was his own man but it is evident that he is yet another FA lapdog.

With their “D-Day meeting” lasting just 12 minutes, it was evident that Capello was not there to listen to any explanations, apologies or justifications by JT. The decision had been made and he was there simply to deliver the verdict.

The whole episode seemed staged — the summoning to the national stadium, the verdict and then Capello even thanking FA chiefs, carefully dropping in how they had allowed him to make the decision all on his own.

Terry was never a popular choice at Lancaster Gate and the Justice League wanted their share of the credit.

Being an Italian, and understanding the Italian psyche as I do, and having read the Italian press, I think I can safely determine that Capello’s real opinion would have been “what is the fuss all about?”.

He might have been slightly irritated by the media furore it had caused but nothing more.

The Italians were initially bemused that this affair was such big news here, then rather amused and now astounded that it has led the national team to potentially derail their own World Cup, by relieving the best man for the job of the armband.

But then I imagine that this pragmatism is one of the reasons why Italy have won the World Cup four times to England’s one.

Of course if England crash out in South Africa, Terry will be to blame, and if they do well, it will be due to Terry being stripped of the captaincy.

As an aside, there are allegedly two more footballers who currently have injunctions in place, preventing their dirty linen being washed in public. No judge has seen fit to lift those. Why not? But enough. Let’s get onto football. Hull was so incredibly frustrating. A woeful performance where we were lucky to get the point. Second to every ball, not allowed a moment to rest, harried continuously, Hull showed the way to get under our skin. It reduced me to a jabbering wreck with a bad case of Tourette’s. I apologise to anyone unfortunate enough to be sitting anywhere near me that night.

Following that display, the doom set in for me; I convinced myself that we were going to crumble when facing Arsenal. I should have known better. Shame Drogba didn’t get his hat-trick and really rub it in. As for the Arsenal fans... I was pretty disappointed with them. I thought that Terry was going to get absolute pelters from the Gooners — a couple of predictable chants and they were done. Boring!!! Almost as entertaining as the game was watching “Le Prof” lose the plot. He looked like some sort of demented flightless bird, arguing with anyone and everyone within earshot.

He should find a mirror to discover the reason why they lost to us and United. His own obstinate persona.

Sunday also proved, if any proof were needed, who got the best end of the deal with the Cole/Gallas transaction. Cole once again ran his former club ragged while the latter looked as if he had lost at least a yard of pace.

I have run out of words to talk about the whole Kakuta affair except to say that they picked an interesting time to release the fact that we were innocent of all charges. Talk about burying good news in the bad news.

I won’t be holding my breath awaiting the apologies for the accusations of “child trafficking” from the likes of Platini and Blatter.

And as for tonight, bearing in mind our bonkers results away this season, I am not going even going to try and call the result against Everton.

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