Footballers are paid too much, says Fabio Capello: England manager blames recent scandals on money

First he banned the WAGs from the World Cup.

Then he acted decisively by sacking John Terry for his philandering ways.

Now Fabio Capello has stood up to declare what we've all been thinking --our footballers are overpaid, spoiled and behave very badly indeed.


The England manager spoke for the whole country when he said yesterday that his players are 'too rich' and must set a better example.

When asked if they had to behave both on and off the pitch, Capello, 63, was forthright.

He announced: 'Yes. Always the same. They are important players. They have to be an example to the children, for all the fans.

'For that reason, they have to stay careful in every moment and sacrifice something in their lives. Young players, young boys, rich boys - this is the problem.' 

Unlike his predecessors, Capello --who was appointed England coach in January 2008 - has proved himself a firm disciplinarian.

Last month, he stripped Terry of the England captaincy after his affair with teammate Wayne Bridge's ex-partner-Vanessa Perroncel came to light.

And he has done his best to stamp out the flashy wives and girlfriends 'virus', as he describes it, by restricting their access to the players at the World Cup tournament, which begins in South Africa on June 11. 


And he is demanding his players behave impeccably between now and the World Cup.

'It is really important that the players in this last period have to be careful in their own lives at every moment.'

Compared with his predecessors Sven Goran Eriksson and Steve McClaren, Capello is very much an old-fashioned family man.

Despite being a famous player in the Seventies and a hugely successful club manager in Europe, he has been happily married to wife Laura for nearly 40 years.

And he must be painfully aware of how the fallout from his players' lives off the pitch is affecting his team.

The marriage woes of Ashley Cole may threaten his recovery from a broken ankle, and his reserve Bridge quit international football over the row with Terry.

Yesterday Capello made it clear that Terry would not become England captain again under him, saying:

'This is not a tactical decision. John knows he is no longer captain.'



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