Capello sacked Terry 'for his own protection'

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London, Feb.7 (ANI): Coach Fabio Capello sacked John Terry as England captain for his own protection after growing concerned about the impact the continued media exposure would have on the player, reports The Sun.

The England manager feared that the growing scandal would only intensify if Terry remained in the role and that it could prove a damaging distraction to England's World Cup chances.

A source close to the England management team said: "It was like he was a bleeding fish being pursued by sharks. The sharks were not going to stop until they had the fish."

It is understood that the England camp were growing seriously concerned by the strain that Terry was under, as revelations continued to emerge about his private life.

Capello was concerned of possible distractions to preparations for the finals in South Africa. Even worse would be if it followed the England camp into the finals itself.

While Capello understands that there will be continued interest in Terry's private life, he is confident his decision to strip him of the captaincy will help defuse the issue and allow him to pursue a business-as-usual approach in the rest of his preparations. (ANI)

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