Friday Kickoff: Bradley marches with protesters, Terry loses captaincy & more

Friday Kickoff: Bradley marches with protesters, Terry loses captaincy & more

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Friday Kickoff: Bradley marches with protesters, Terry loses captaincy & more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

As Egypt reels from the tragic deaths in Port Said, national team coach Bob Bradley is taking a role in the rebuilding.

The former U.S. manager joined in a non-violent protest march on Thursday as public anger against the interior ministry grows. Protesters feel not enough was done to prevent the deaths of 74 people and the injuries of hundreds more during the riots following the Al Ahly-Al Masry match on Wednesday. Egypt has been wrestling with turmoil since an uprising ousted the country's president nearly a year go.

"To see so many young people lose their lives is something that is a terrible, terrible thing and something that's very sad for everyone that's living in Egypt. All Egyptian people feel this today," Bradley said in an interview with Egyptian television.

All soccer-related activities in Egypt have been suspended, and Bradley said he's not thinking about his future as it relates to the Egyptian national team. The Egyptian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely, and the nation's FA has been disbanded. Egypt had three games scheduled for late February, but a decision has yet to be made as to whether they will be played. Bradley did not say one way or the other whether he would stay on as coach.

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TERRY OUT AS ENGLAND CAPTAIN

The English FA has removed John Terry as captain of the England national team following the delay of his racism trial until after the European Championships.

The Chelsea captain is still available to be selected for the England team for both this month's friendly against the Netherlands and for Euro 2012. Terry is on trial for allegedly using a racial slur against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand back in October, and the hearing was supposed to take place this month but was postponed until the summer.

Terry has denied all of the allegations, but he will not be eligible to regain the captaincy until at least July.

UNITED'S LINDEGAARD OUT A MONTH

Manchester United's goalkeeping questions continue to mount as the club confirmed goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard will be out for a month with an ankle injury. Lindegaard has spent most of the season backing up David de Gea but has occasionally jumped the Spaniard in the pecking order after a few impressive performances.

The goalkeeping duties for Sunday's massive clash with Chelsea rest firmly on de Gea, who missed Tuesday's game with Stoke due to illness.

BRAZIL COURT HALTS WC STADIUM STRIKE

A Brazilian court has ruled that a worker's strike that threatened to delay the construction of a World Cup stadium must end. The court ruled that the 2,000-person strike in the northeastern city of Recife was illegal.

The strike is over workers' desire for a pay raise, but the court ruled the employer's initial offer was fair and should not have been rejected. This is just the latest irregulairity in the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup as Brazil continues to lag behind in preparations for the event. 

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