Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ENGLAND SACK TERRY AGAIN; HE'S AXED AS SKIPPER BUT WANTS TO PLAY AT EUROS; FA HAVE MADE THE WRONG DECISION, SAYS VILLAS-BOAS; CAPTAINCY CRISIS AS RIO INSISTS HE WON'T TAKE OVER; Defender Is Sacked Again but AVB Slams Decision

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

ENGLAND SACK TERRY AGAIN; HE'S AXED AS SKIPPER BUT WANTS TO PLAY AT EUROS; FA HAVE MADE THE WRONG DECISION, SAYS VILLAS-BOAS; CAPTAINCY CRISIS AS RIO INSISTS HE WON'T TAKE OVER; Defender Is Sacked Again but AVB Slams Decision

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Byline: Simon Johnson Football Correspondent

JOHN TERRY was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in his career today, a decision that was criticised by Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas.

The defender, who has been ruled out of the Blues' match against Manchester United on Sunday, received a call from Football Association chairman David Bernstein at 10am telling him he would no longer lead the team.

The FA decided to act -- without consulting England coach Fabio Capello -- after his trial over alleged racist comments made to defender Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's Premier League game at Queens Park Rangers last October was scheduled for eight days after the Euro 2012 Final on July 9. Bernstein contacted FA board members yesterday to canvass their views and the feedback was that they wanted the Chelsea defender to stand down.

But the decision to axe Terry as England captain was not the right one according to Villas-Boas.

The Chelsea boss said: "It was the FA's decision. I don't agree with it. John will continue as Chelsea captain.

"It [the trial] doesn't compromise on my decision making. It obviously compromises on the FA's decision making. "I have spoken to him today. He was disappointed, nothing else. You can all speculate about the disappointment he may feel but it won't affect his performances for Chelsea.

Asked about the FA's sudden change of heart since the trial date was set, he added: "We have to question their process thinking over that one."

The FA explained their decision in a statement at lunchtime and confirmed that the choice was made by the board alone and coach Capello wasn't consulted on it.

The FA statement said: "The FA board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championships.

"Further to Wednesday's confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time. …

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