Why expect Fab to be so English?
We English are renown for our sense of fairness and the English justice system has set the benchmark across the world. Recent attempts by the FA to ‘be seen to do the right thing’, has once again resulted in an almighty home made mess that is sometimes at odds with the due process of the law.
While the sword of accusation swings above JT’s head the FA have conveniently forgotten the legal premise of innocent until proven guilty and done exactly the wrong thing by gutlessly refusing to stand by their man. Not for the first time the FA could not resist doing nothing and have not only needlessly stirred the hornet’s nest but have undermined the authority of the highly paid manager.
"The court will decide. It’s going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if John Terry committed the crime that he is accused of."
With these words Fabio Capello reassured John Terry that he would remain the England captain, a week later all has been changed in an avoidable and embarrassing melee as a dithering FA finally decide that, while the right thing remains contentious they must at least be seen ‘to do the right thing’.
The result is the usual egg-on-face foot-in-mouth balls-up as the FA rush to make press statements but forget to inform the England manager that they will be pulling in opposite directions.
Capello is understandably bewildered at the double standards and now it looks as if the FA may compound their mistake by calling him to a very public account.
Once again the FA has cocked up in an attempt to please everybody that has resulted in pleasing nobody.