England Players Receive Code of Conduct
David Bernstein, the chairman of the Football Association, has said that he will be introducing a code of conduct for England players.
The announcement comes after a string of indiscretions by England international players, in particular Ashley Cole.
Bernstein said that the players have “incredibly high profiles and their behaviour is extremely important.” Players who don’t adhere to the code could be suspended from England duty.
Cole was most recently in trouble after Tweeting an insulting message about the FA after John Terry’s hearing. Cole later deleted the tween and apologised.
However, Cole still faces an FA charge and has until October 11th to respond.
Senior England squad members received a 10-minute presentation on their expected behaviour by Club England Managing Director Adrian Bevington, FA general Secretary Alex Home, the FA Director of Football Development Sir Trevor Brooking and Bernstein.
Bernstein said that when he came into his position he’d identified respect as one of the issues he wanted to address.
He commented that he is “beginning to think it’s the most important thing I’ve got to deal with as chairman of the FA.”
After the new rules come into force, players can be suspended from the squad if they break the code of conduct.