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Fabio angry as 'Capello Index' goes live

sports Updated: Jul 18, 2010 17:21 IST

England manager Fabio Capello is angry and demanded that the Capello Index be removed from the internet after insisting he had not seen or approved of the controversial rankings.

The Guardian reported that England manager declared himself "angry" after the ratings were published in his name without his permission.

"I did not authorise this and am angry the index was published," Capello was quoted as saying.

The rankings were not kind to the England players after they were knocked out in the last 16 of the World Cup, losing 4-1 to Germany.

The Football Association (FA) also released a statement saying the rankings had not been approved.

"The index ratings had not been seen or approved by Mr Capello, were published without his knowledge and that his representatives have taken immediate steps to have the material taken down," the statement said.

The index was Capello's brainchild and according to it individual players are rated in accordance with a list of criteria but its implementation was postponed as it was felt the ratings would attract undue attention to the players during the tournament in South Africa.