Looks like FIFA may be breaking their own Code of Ethics….

BBC Poppy photoSo, FIFA have decided to fine British soccer teams for wearing or displaying poppies earlier this year. Well it seems they’ve gone against their own Code of Ethics.

As a disinterested soccer bystander I thought I’d take a look at their website, fifa.com.

What struck me most was the anonymity of it all, you can only contact them in writing or by filling in a form. None of the 103 employees has a public email address.

Looking a little deeper though, I did find The FIFA Code of Ethics, and section 23 has the  following:

23 Non-discrimination

Persons bound by this Code may not offend the dignity or integrity of a country, private person or group of people through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason.

Well, that seems pretty cut and dried to me. FIFA have offended the dignity of Britain and me by their actions, and have contravened their own code.

I suggest the government and, for that matter, the British Legion should take FIFA for every pound they can get.

While they’re at it, they may want to look at the blatant advertising on all shirts and throughout the stadia. I only mention that as this morning’s FIFA statement says “In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else.