While the website itself doesn’t seem to be guilty of more than some pretty ham-fisted ratings and a reliance on italics, it seems Fabio Capello’s questionable involvement in CapelloIndex.com has caused quite the stir at the FA.
The website, which went live last week, is plastered with images of the England Manager, despite it apparently being stipulated that he needs to clear all his ‘business deals’ with the Football Association. Whilst Fabio has claimed that the website went live without his knowledge, the nature of his agreement with the website will determine whether he is able to remove his association with the ratings index.
Matthew Harris, partner at the London-based Waterfront Solicitors, told Press Association Sport:
“What I don’t know is the exact terms of the contract that was reached between him and the Index in the initial stages. If he has in any way authorised this and the agreement does not allow him to withdraw that authorisation, he will be in difficulty.”
Whilst the website was still up today, the homepage carries a lengthy explanation over the nature of the site:
The Capello Index cannot, and must not, be summarised as “The vote given by Capello” to the players, but is the result of a system which is capable of analysing and evaluating the actual performance adding various scientific variables.