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This Is Why We Needed Rio To Be Captain

Whilst many readers of RoM couldn’t give a fuck about the England football team, there was greater interest in the goings on of the national team when the issue of Fabio Capello’s captain came about. Rio Ferdinand looked favourite to be given the armband and it is of course rather nice to see the effort of one of your players recognised.

There were so many things pointing in Rio’s favour and as many things going against John Terry, yet for some bizarre reason, Terry was the man chosen to have the armband.

There was no heart ache for our fans over this, rather frustration that our player, who has proven himself at United, as well as by and large winning over our fans, had been overlooked. However, it’s on days like today you start to really wish Ferdinand had been made captain.

Surely that can be the only logical reason to explain why John Terry got away with no punishment for rugby tackling City’s Jo at the weekend. The Chelsea and England skipper was beaten by the Brazilian, so resorted to grabbing him by the waist and pulling him to the ground.

Frank Lampard initially argued that the foul couldn’t be considered ‘professional’ as there were other players to follow up the attacking player, meaning Terry wasn’t the last man. However, the referee sent him off for ‘serious foul play’ meaning that any appeal should have been turned down. If the FA had any consistency in them, they might have even added on another match to the ban for a “frivolous” appeal.

However, news broke today that Terry’s ban had been overturned. It now stands that John Terry faces NO PUNISHMENT for pulling a player to the floor.

“Apparently Rugby Tackles Are Allowed, If You’re Terry” reads the title of the article on, which just about sums it up.

Remarkably, unbelievably and extraordinarily, the FA have rescinded John Terry’s red card, given for his rugby tackle on Man Citeh’s Jo at the weekend. This means the Chelsea captain will be available for the big game against Manchester United on Sunday. Really, is there anything they can’t get away with?

I suppose my logic is warped and I am wrong to expect the captain of club and country to be the one setting the example. Judging Terry on his past would lead me to believe those expectations on his shoulders would never be met. However, the FA should be striving to see their captain behave as a role model on the field and today they have failed to do that.

Terry has been at fault for two goals England have conceded since taking on the permanent captaincy and has hardly set the World alight whilst playing for his club. The FA clearly didn’t want people to find any further fault in Capello’s judgement, so have let Terry get away with it.

It’s at times like these I wish Rio was the England captain, because then maybe he could get away with leading our players to crowd and try and influence the ref, or drag players to the floor. As it is, he will judged like most other players in the Premiership, unfairly.

The only upside to this is that he will be on the pitch to get mocked by our fans at the weekend, but that’s a fairly slim consolation when knowing he should not be available to play against us.

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. OP says:

    It is typical of the FA.

    Terry gets away with anything.

    Need we even need discuss his sending off against Spurs in 06/07 season, where he complained and Mourinho complained he had been sent off for nothing, yet no appeal followed and the FA swept the incident under the carpet. Not going any further into it as I am sure people can find out more about it if they want.

    He is the reason why watching England is such a painful experience, dislike is not a strong enough word to England’s Brave John Terry.

    Not to mention the fact that he isn’t all that good

  2. Drew Vader says:

    Fucking disgrace….would that ever in a million years happen for a United player? Not bloody likely

  3. Mic says:

    I’m not even bothered about fuck face not being suspended, he’s not even that good of a defender, it’s just more for Berbatov, Rooney, Ronaldo and Tevez to expose.

  4. SILVA says:


  5. godpye says:

    I don’t know if anyone else noticed that Terry blatantly bodychecked another player in the first half, again near the half-way line, with no punishment at all other than a free kick to City.

  6. Tom F says:

    I wouldn’t expect anything less from the FA.

  7. john ferry says:

    Terry should captain the rugby squad or the olympic wrestling team. In the eyes of the rest of the league it makes chelski look like the crying babies they are, and terry like the slow defender he is. So, according to the FA he did nothing wrong ? The FA will turn the EPL into a disgrace. Is, that what they are after ?

  8. Gapi says:

    How on earth has Terry managed to get the England captaincy AND Champions League Defender of the Year award?!

    He’s worse than both Ferdinand and Vidic. Carvalho is twice the player that the brave JT is!

  9. Kings says:

    He’s a fucking cheating cunt who gets away with the most ridiculous things.

    1. Attempting to pull the red card away from the ref.
    2. Spitting at Tevez and encouraging a mass brawl in the European Cup Final.
    3. Pulling down Jo when he was clearly beaten

    I watched the Man Utd – Munich to Moscow programme on Sky Sports 1 last night, and saw his fucking antics again. But when he missed that penalty and was seen crying his eyes out, only seeing us lift the trophy gave me more pleasure than seeing him fall apart – fucking bastard. What goes round, comes round you fucking S.O.B.

    The FA need to be seen to be protecting Capello’s judgement when appointing the cry baby. If Rio did that on, say, Kuyt, then the same punishment would of been applied by the ref, and the red card would of stood no question, and the fact that Rio’s a United player means the appeal would of been thrown out in no time. As much as I was hoping Terry would be banned, I knew he would get off, that’s been the story of his career to date.

  10. DuudeLove says:

    According to the appeal system, it has to be proven that the red card given was not even worthy of a yellow card for it to be over-turned. Excuse me, but since when is lunging at a player from behind and hauling him down not a yellow card offense? What a horrid example to set for impressionable youngsters all over country who look up to the England team and captain.

  11. Indonesian Reddevil says:

    I thought stuff like that only happen in 3rd world countries..I am truly amazed…

  12. Jig says:

    Who cares? it’s business as usual at the FA and at least CSK London haven’t their usual injury/suspension excuse when we stuff them.

    He’s shite anyway & I wouldn’t be surprised if he does something ridiculous during the game to hand us a goal/penalty.

  13. suhayl says:

    Fuckin bastard bastard. Crowding refs….taking reds from the ref…mass brawls…slaps…spits…racist comments…wild lunges…rugby tackles…hissy fits….YET FA the Fuckin FA overlook it all.

    And rio could miss a drugs test by mistake..return quickly…has it taken passes with no problem…clear as can be. And what do you know its a 8 month ban.



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