The former England manager is understood to have provided a statement for
Terry’s defence case against charges of using abusive language with racial
connotations towards Anton Ferdinand at a match between
Neither Capello nor his former
They were also asked to issue their opinions on whether it is usual for a player who has been acquitted by a criminal court subsequently to be prosecuted through football’s disciplinary processes.
The statements were provided despite Capello having signed a confidentiality agreement with the FA, which was agreed as part of his severance terms following his mutually agreed departure from England management.
It is believed that the FA gave permission for the statements to be provided and used in Terry’s defence.
Capello and Baldini are also believed to have made clear that they are prepared to stand as witnesses in person at the hearing.
Capello, who was not called to appear, resigned as England manager in February. He felt that the FA hierarchy had unacceptably intruded on team affairs by insisting that Terry could not retain the England captaincy at Euro 2012.
Terry had been charged by the Crown Prosecution Service after he was caught by television cameras at Loftus Road directing an abusive and racial term towards Ferdinand.
At the trial in July, Terry’s lawyer, George Carter-Stephenson QC, successfully argued that there was insufficient evidence to meet the “criminal standard” and convict Terry through the criminal-justice system.
Under FA rules, it requires a lower burden of proof to succeed in a professional misconduct case.