…than Hugh Muir gives him credit for.
Setting aside for a moment whether using racist language should be a criminal offence (it shouldn’t), John Terry has been charged with a criminal offence. He is awaiting trial. Fabio Capello is upset that his authority was undermined by the FA when they stripped Terry of his captaincy of the national side without recourse to him. Having been publicly undermined myself in the past, I sympathise and was likewise livid.
In a condescending article from Muir we get the “poor little Eytie doesn’t understand British culture” argument. As an aside, I wonder sometimes whether the Guardianista will ever appreciate that they are caricatures of the very thing they rail against; an example of real life surpassing parody. Anyway, it seems to me that Mr Capello understands an important British principle rather better than his detractors. A principle that underpins the British legal system. A principle that neither the FA nor the right-on Muir have grasped: Innocent until proven guilty.