Capello branded ‘thief’ after Russia’s World Cup horror show

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A Russian politician has accused Fabio Capello of being a 'thief' after their early exit from the World Cup.

Russia were eliminated at the group stage after only managing to collect two draws, a performance not deemed worthy of Capello's reported £6.7 million salary, which made him the highest-paid manager at the World Cup.


Now Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the right-wing Liberal Democratic party, demanded that Capello should appear before the Russian parliament to explain the team's performance, with failure to attend resulting in his dismissal.

“We need to look into his work and ask him to resign,” said Zhirinovsky was quoted as saying by the Russian press.

“But he’s greedy, so of course he won’t. It’s pretty good to get [millions] for doing nothing. The team lost and it doesn’t affect his pay in any way. Thief!

“Even the way he looks makes it hard to like him. He looks like a schoolteacher.”

Zhirinovsky, to say the least, is no stranger to controversy. He recently told his aides to "violently rape" a pregnant journalist who confronted him in the Duma.

Zhirinovsky was not the only politician to question Capello, with MP Oleg Pakholkov saying: “I think Capello knew very well he would achieve nothing with our team, but he simply decided it was a good way to make money, he wanted to hoover up bundles of cash for his retirement.”


Also Igor Ananskikh, the head of the State Duma’s Sports Committee, seemed to believe that the size of the Russian team was the key issue.

“Look at the size of the Koreans, even they are bigger than us! I’m not talking about Germans or Brazilians, who are obviously giants. Our guys are twice as small as them. I’m not against small players, but Capello’s team can’t even run fast. What are they doing in the team?”

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