LONDON: John Terry (below) was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in two years on Friday after mounting concern his ongoing racism court case had made his position untenable.
The English Football Association confirmed in a statement that chairman David Bernstein had contacted Terry to inform him of the body’s decision to remove him as captain until the racism allegations wer1e “resolved”.
Bernstein had canvassed opinion amongst members of the FA board on Thursday to discuss the best course action for Terry, who is accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a match last year.
Terry, 31, strongly denies the charges and has vowed to clear his name. However the decision this week to delay his court case until July 9 left FA chiefs with the prospect of the saga overshadowing England’s Euro 2012 campaign.
Terry did not immediately make any comment on the decision but was reportedly mulling retirement from international football, “angry and disillusioned” over his treatment according to The Daily Mirror.
The FA’s latest ruling was applauded by Britain’s sports minister Hugh Robertson. “I completely support the FA’s decision,” Robertson said.