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FA cool Capello controversy

16 January 2008 12:28
The Football Association have played down reports emanating from Italy suggesting that England's new manager Fabio Capello is under investigation over tax returns. The investigation centres around Capello's time in charge of Juventus, but the FA insist that they are not too concerned by the matter, which they were already aware of. An FA spokesman confirmed: "It is our understanding that the Italian tax authorities are currently following a procedure of looking into the finances of a number of high-profile individuals. "We have spoken to Fabio and his advisors about the newspaper reports in Italy and they have explained the facts. "They have also given us their assurances that Fabio Capello's tax payments are in order. The FA have no further comment to make on this subject." Capello was in charge of Juve between the summers of 2004 and 2006, leading the club to two Serie A titles which were subsequently taken away from the Turin club after the match-fixing scandal which rocked Italian football.

Source: ESA