‘I thought it was right that Chris Huhne should keep the Energy Secretary armband,’ said the outspoken Italian. ‘I spoke to the Prime Minister and said that in my opinion someone should not be punished until it is official that he has deliberately conspired with his ex-wife to knowingly deceive the authorities. A criminal court, not a political court, should decide if Mr Huhne is guilty. This will be a big loss to the Cabinet and the Lib Dems.’
The FA is said to be getting increasingly nervous about the England manager after his latest outburst against perceived injustice. Over the weekend Capello openly welcomed the Russian and Chinese veto of a UN Security Council resolution attempting to end the violence in Syria.
‘The Arab League nations are trying to hold the UN to hostage,’ said Capello. ‘The UN should not be complicit in the policy of repression that some of the international community are pursuing in trying to curb the powers of President Bashar al-Assad’s legitimate and democratically-elected government. Whatever happened to being innocent until proven guilty?’
And today Mr Capello came out in support of the cyclist Alberto Contador who was yesterday banned for two years for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. ‘In my view the Spanish Cycling Federation took the right approach in not banning him. You can’t rush justice. But now the decision to ban him has opened the floodgates for the banning of innocent sportsmen who may have mistakenly eaten contaminated meat or muttered something allegedly offensive.’
But Capello’s strident expression of his opinions on politics and diplomacy has left many commentators nervous about the trend spreading to other footballers. ‘How long before world leaders are seeking counsel from Paul Gascoigne, Robbie Savage or Ron Atkinson on Iran’s nuclear programme? Or, God forbid, from Joey Barton or John Terry on multiculturalism?’
simonjmr (hat-tip to Sinnick)