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Capello apologises for index

England boss keen to distance himself from controversial ratings

Last Updated: 20/07/10 11:06am

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Capello: Disappointed

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England coach Fabio Capello is 'very sorry and upset' after seeing his controversial player index released to the public.

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The 'Capello Index' caused uproar ahead of this summer's World Cup, with the Italian initially scheduled to rate his England squad while the tournament was in progress.

That plan was soon discarded, but rankings of those on show in South Africa, including the Three Lions squad, were released over the weekend.

They did not make good reading for those who flopped on football's biggest stage, with the likes of Robert Green seeing their performances slammed.

Capello has been quick to distance himself from the scores, claiming he had not sanctioned their release, and has called for the website to be taken down.

The site remains live for now, but Capello is still keen to sever all links with the information included on it and is desperate to regain the trust of the Football Association and those players who feel he has acted out of turn.

Relationship

"Fabio is very sorry and upset that this has happened," said Capello's son Pierfilippo, who is also his agent.

"Like me also, he is sorry for his relationship with the FA because we had told them that there would not be any ratings appearing on any of the England players.

"The FA were not happy about anything coming out which would concern players Fabio was or could be selecting. So to find out that the opposite has happened just a day later was something we were all unhappy about.

"There is no commercial value in this to Fabio, nor has there ever been. He was just interested to see, and compare, how the statistical side of things would compare with his own evaluations.

"These are not Fabio's ratings, so there is no reason why we would have to explain anything to the players in terms of trying to regain any trust.

"We are now looking to have Fabio's name removed from the title."

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