Part of the cringeworthy Capello Index has been removed from the internet. The system for rating footballers’ performances in the World Cup re-appeared three days ago and contained Capello’s supposed judgment on both England players and those appearing for other nations.
The Index, launched with fanfare in may 2010, was due to become public before the World Cup but because of media and fans’ reaction to a sitting England manager’s name being used for such purposes, it was postponed. “It’s not only about money, my interest is in football,” Capello said at the time. The FA who already pay him for football, disagreed.
Perhaps, the thought of it being used to motivate players Capello had publicly rated poorly persuaded the Football Association that the idea was less than stellar before the World Cup.
On Saturday, it appeared again with ratings for performances in the World Cup only, although it did have incomplete links for EPL, La Liga, Serie A and Champions League ratings. The site promises that these indexes are to follow.
However today the ratings for England players in the World Cup were removed while those for foreigners stayed visible. This may be relatively harmless as regards influencing his selections for England, but the ratings include players for the Swiss national side who are England’s main opponents in the Euro 2012 Qualifiers.
Capello doesn’t rate them. Goalkeeper Diego Bengalio comes in at 11th when the Group stages only are continued. Then there are no other Swiss players in the top 100 which is as far as the Index measures.
The story became odder. Capello distanced himself from Saturday’s publication.
“I did not authorise this and am angry it was published,” said Capello when it re-appeared. The FA pronounced themselves satisfied with Capello’s action.
There are therefore many questions still to be answered though. Who decided to republish it on Saturday? And who took the decision to remove England players only three days later?
A disclaimer has now appeared on the website attempting to distance Capello’s from the ratings. It said: “Fabio Capello contributed, with his indisputable knowledge and experience, in the laying down of the foundations of this project.“
An English public already sceptical about the Italian’s powers may now be wondering whether Capello is trying to have the best of both worlds, or whether he is the innocent victim of someone desperately trying to trade on his name.
It becomes an issue of what did he know and when did he know it? And that didn’t end too well for Richard Nixon.