Just four months before the start of the 2012 European Championship, Fabio Capello has resigned as manager of the England national men’s soccer team, the Football Association announced in a statement.
The FA said in the statement that Capello met with chairman David Bernstein and General Secretary Alex Horne at Wembley Stadium.
On Friday, John Terry was removed as England’s captain by Bernstein. Terry, who plays professionally for Chelsea, is awaiting a criminal trial over allegations that he racially abused Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match. That trial is not slated to begin until July, after Euro 2012.
In an interview on Italian television on Sunday night, Capello said he disagreed with Bernstein’s decision and that no decision should have been made until after Terry’s trial.
“I told [the chairman] that I don’t think someone can be punished until it becomes official,” Capello told RAI. “The court will decide. It’s going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if John Terry committed that crime that he is accused of. And I thought it fair that John Terry keeps the captain’s armband.”
Said Bernstein in the FA statement: “I would like to stress that during today’s meeting and throughout his time as England Manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner. We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.”
Capello previously had stripped Terry of his captaincy in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup over allegations of an affair with teammate Wayne Bridge’s ex-girlfriend, but reinstated him before the tournament in South Africa.
Following successful professional stints as a coach in Italy and Spain, Capello was named England’s coach in December 2007 after the team’s failure to qualify for Euro 2008. He led England to the round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup, where it was defeated by Germany, 4-1.
England opens Euro 2012 play on June 11 against France.