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article imageJohn Terry Stripped of the England Team Captaincy

By Cristina Quiñones     Feb 7, 2010 in Sports
John Terry was stripped of the English Team Captaincy yesterday, after struggling to keep his 5-month affair with French lingerie model Vanessa Parroncel, England teammate Wayne Bridge’s girlfriend, a secret.
The story exploded into the tabloids last week, forcing the football star to come clean. It was revealed that Terry hired lawyers and aids to cover up the affair, obtained a super-injunction against the press and even offered Parroncel hundreds of thousands of pounds to keep quiet.
Since news of the affair came to light, Terry’s wife fled to Dubai with the couple’s two children and announced that she wants a divorce, the press offered Parroncel £250,000 to reveal the details of the affair (which she politely declined), news surfaced about an abortion Parroncel had that Terry paid for, footballers throughout the UK sported “Team Bridge” shirts at games and Wayne Bridge announced his reluctance to play for England if John Terry remained captain.
To make matters worse for Terry, news of the affair followed closely on the heels of another scandal, in which he was accused of illegally sub-letting his box at Wembley Stadium. An investigation into the matter is currently underway and has been embarrassing ordeal for both Wembley and the Football Association.
In spite of the allegations Terry maintained that he had no intention of resigning, remaining unaware that the captain’s post might actually be taken from him. He told that media that he was surprised when he walked into a meeting with team manager Fabio Capello and was promptly told that he was no longer captain.
After the meeting, Capello stated:“After much thought, I have made the decision that it will be best for me to take the captaincy away from John Terry. As a captain with the team, John Terry has displayed extremely positive behaviour. However, I have to take into account other considerations and what is best for all of the England squad.”
Capello named Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand as Terry’s replacement. This choice has raised some eyebrows, considering that Ferdinand, among other offenses, has been fined for forgetting to attend a drug tests, been caught driving drunk and participated in at least one videotaped orgy.
However, since Ferdinand has managed to stay relatively clean over the last few years and publicly expressed his desire to change his public image, it seems that Capello is less concerned with past offences than with immediate scandal.
In spite of Terry’s demotion, Ferdinand’s captaincy offers a glimmer of hope for the disgraced football star. Perhaps, after he puts this scandal is behind him, Terry will have yet another shot at the captaincy and maybe then he will be wise enough to keep it.
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