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Chelsea Captain John Terry’s Race Row: Ian Wright Gives A Masterclass In Stupidity

by | 8th, November 2011

JOHN Terry Race Row: Today former Arsenal player Ian Wright wants to share his thoughts on The Chelsea and England captain.

It’s the Sun’s lead football story:

“JT shouldn’t be anywhere near England squad”

I understand the fact you’re innocent until proven guilty but that doesn’t mean the captain of our country’s football team should be involved in two friendlies while being investigated over allegations of making racist remarks.

Does Wright understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty? The police are investigating. The FA was investigating but when the police stepped in it had to stop.

The FA have made a total mess of this.

No. They have not. They police have made it clear that all parties should not discuss the case in public. The FA has played it by the book.

They don’t have a clue about how to deal with this situation and have fudged the issue by allowing Fabio Capello to pick Terry while insisting he won’t play against Spain — but will feature for 45 minutes against Sweden.

No, Wrighty. The FA has understood the fact that you are innocent until proven guilty. They have let Fabio Capello choose his England team on merit.

This is a joke. It’s embarrassing that he is involved but blatantly being shielded from any media attention by not starting either game. So why not leave him out in the first place?

Does Wrighy think the media picks the England team?

It seems to me that no one at the FA has the balls to stand up to Terry and say, ‘You may want to play but it would be better in the current climate if you stayed at home’.

Or, as someone sensible might put it: no-one in the FA has prejudiced a police enquiry into a serious allegation nor sought to undermine Capello by picking his team (see media).

Had we been approaching two competitive games, the FA would have had a major problem but Capello is already resting Wayne Rooney and he should have made the same decision with the Chelsea defender.

Is Wrighty picking the England team?

This whole situation stinks. We have a young squad looking forward to what should be a showpiece international but, instead, we are an embarrassment.

One moment he game is not competitive, the next it is a “showpiece international”. C’mon, Wrighty, at least try to be consistent.

In England, it just seems we find ourselves in one nasty situation after another. The great Bobby Moore must be turning in his grave.

That would be the same Bobby Moore who lived at time when football was hardly on the telly and players’ indiscrections were ignored?

Capello will also be glad he is washing his hands of us after the Euros in Poland and Ukraine.

Imagine the situation next autumn, as he relaxes at home with friends at the dinner table, glass of wine in hand. One of his guests asks: ‘Fabio, tell us about England. What was it like?’

“Well,” says Fabio. “It’s a place where racism is not tolerated; where referees are not bribed; where players do not give Nazi salutes; where football is not corrupt… Hey [laughs]. It’s not Italy.”

I wonder where the hell he will start when you consider some of the things he has seen since being here. Capello’s reply will probably be: “They’re all a bunch of Neanderthals.”

No, Wrighty. He will not think that.

If JT is found innocent, that’s fine. I just want to know the full details.

We all do. So do the police. And the FA.

I also feel sorry for Rio Ferdinand, who has once again been ignored.

Well, the team is being picked on merit.

There’s no way he could be brought into the squad — as Terry is there — because of the situation with his brother Anton.

Is Wright now saying that Terry’s presence is keeping Ferdinand out of the squad? Is he saying that Rio is too stupid to understand the concept of innocent until proven guilty, and that Capello recognises this?

The FA must be breathing a sigh of relief that Rio is deemed not match-fit to join up with the squad, therefore avoiding a very tricky situation!

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