November 09, 2011
England manager Fabio Capello has a lot on his mind. On any given day he has to think about which of his players are in trouble, who is injured and/or serving a ban and which newspapers hate him for being a foreigner. So little things like making sure he doesn't have to work on his son's wedding day tend to slip his mind. And because of that, he will have to miss his youngest son's wedding on Saturday for a friendly against the world champions that will probably only bring him more headaches and scorn.
From the Independent:
Capello's younger son Pierfilippo, 36, is marrying his long-term partner Tiziana in Milan on Saturday which clashes with England's game against Spain. The match was originally scheduled for Friday but Spain insisted that it was moved back to give their Barcelona contingent more time to recover from tonight's Copa del Rey game against L'Hospitalet. The rules oblige Barcelona to play at least seven recognised first-team players.
The negotiations between the FA and the Spanish federation were overseen by Capello's former general manager, Franco Baldini, who now occupies a similar role at Roma but continues to work for the FA unpaid. Capello did not tell Baldini about Pierfilippo's wedding until after arrangements were put in place for the game.
Pierfilippo told the Independent that his dad missing his big day is "absolutely not" a problem and that the family finds the whole thing a bit funny. Plus, since Pierfilippo and his soon-to-be wife already have two kids together, strict Catholic Fabio only considers the wedding a "formalizing" ceremony anyway.
All that aside, his son isn't paying him £6 million a year, so it seems Pierfilippo's overdue formalizing thing automatically comes a distant second to anything that does.
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