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Tuesday 14th February 2012
Fabio Capello Resigns as England Manager:

Well the biggest shock of the week was by far Fabio Capello resigning as England National team manager. It was reported in the press that the relationship between Capello and the FA was on the rocks but no one really expected the Italian to hand in his resignation this close to the European Championships. Capello did however plan to leave after the tournament as that was when his contract was due to expire. The cause of Capello's resignation was very much down to the FA taking it upon themselves to take the England captaincy away from John Terry, which was totally against Capello's wishes. Capello has always stuck by Terry through thick and thin, even when Terry was reported to have had an affair with the wife of former Chelsea teammate Wayne Bridge. What makes this story so compelling is that a lot of people feel that Terry WILL be found guilty of racism towards Anton Ferdinand but only once his trial starts in early July. Although, the phrase ‘innocent until proven guilty' once again comes to mind. But do the FA really want a man who is currently been accused of racism leading them out in the European Finals? Well, if Terry did lead England out, that would indefinitely anger many people throughout the sporting world, including Rio Ferdinand who's brother Anton was at the brunt of the Allegation. This will also bring down team morale as it will be clear that no one will be behind the captain, especially the black players who may very well know how it feels to be on the receiving end of racism.

With Capello now clearly out of the frame of managing England this June, the attention now turns to who his successor may be. At the moment, Harry Redknapp is a clear favourite at 2/7 and his case has been boosted by the support of Manchester United players Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand. The one problem with Harry is that, he personally feels that he has a job to finish at high flying Tottenham Hotspur who grafted out a superb 5-0 victory against top half rivals Newcastle United. That would then leave the door open to Caretaker Manager Stuart Pearce or under fire West Bromwich Albion boss Roy Hodgson. Overall, it is clear that everyone would love to see Harry get the job, but is it asking a bit too much for him to leave Spurs and become England boss? We'll soon find out.

Harry Redknapp Cleared:

On the topic of Harry Redknapp, he was this week cleared of tax evasion along with Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric. The pair were at Portsmouth together between 2002-2004 and were originally accused of evading around £80,000 worth of tax after Mandaric handed Redknapp a bonus of around £187,000 which Redknapp enclosed into his offshore bank account, which just happened to be in Monaco - a tax free country. Redknapp later described the trial as a “horrendous experience”. The ending of the trial just happened to land on the same day as the resignation of Capello. Is that a sign?

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra- Part 2:

But by far the biggest story of the week was the coming ‘return of the titans' meeting between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra. Suarez was found guilty of racism towards Evra and was handed an 8 match ban, but Suarez has always denied that Evra's version of events were “wrong” and that he had been “victimized”, even though the FA's report into the incident clearly stated that Suarez's version of events had “changed more than once” and were “unreliable”. So the most asked question all week was, would they shake hands? Well, the answer was no. Suarez appeared to refuse to shake Evra's hand which Evra didn't like and had to be calmed down by referee Phil Dowd. Every time Suarez went near the ball, he received a chorus of ‘booos' throughout Old Trafford and in the 43rd minute when Rio Ferdinand tackled Suarez when he was put through, Suarez threw his rattle out his pram. That was the moment when I asked myself, is that really how a professional footballer should behave? He is meant to set examples on and off the pitch and Suarez's conduct on that day, which ended up being a rather comfortable 2-1 win for United, was an absolute disgrace to himself and most of all Liverpool Football Club. Suarez is known to be a rather controversial character. Back when Suarez was an Ajax player in the Dutch league, he was banned for 7 games after biting the ear of PSV Eindhoven player Otman Bakkal. Also, who can forget that handball in the World Cup Quarter-Final against Ghana, which cost them the chance to become the first African team to reach the World Cup Semi-Finals. It may be clear to tell but personally, I despise the man. On the Sunday after Suarez's refusal to shake hands with Evra, he released a statement apologising for the way he behaved, but is that really enough for what he caused? The police had to be called into the player's tunnel at half time due to reported scuffles between both sets of players. In my opinion, I hope both the clubs forget about this and move on, but at the end of the day, do we really want players like Suarez plying their trade in the best league in the world?

So, Thank you for reading my weekly blog of this weeks football news, hope you've enjoyed it. Cheers
Jonny Escott

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