John Terry stripped of England captaincy

JOHN Terry has been stripped of the England captaincy for the second time.

The Chelsea defender will stand trial in July over racial abuse allegations after an incident with QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, and has entered a plea of not guilty to the charge.

Terry’s case has been adjourned until 9 July - a week after the Euro 2012 finals finish.

In a statement, the FA said Terry would not “captain the England team until the allegations against him are resolved”.

It added: “The FA board expected the trial to be concluded prior to the European Championship.

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“Further to Wednesday’s confirmation that the trial will not take place until after the tournament, the board has discussed the matter in detail and has collectively decided it is in the interests of all parties that John has the responsibilities of captaincy removed at this time.

“This decision has been taken due to the higher profile nature of the England captaincy, on and off the pitch, and the additional demands and requirements expected of the captain leading into and during a tournament.”

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