FIFA Code Of Ethics

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FIFA Code of Ethics 2012
“FIFA bears a special responsibility to safeguard the integrity and reputation of football worldwide. FIFA is constantly striving to protect the image of football, and especially that of FIFA, from jeopardy or harm as a result of illegal, immoral or unethical methods and practices.” — Preamble, FIFA Code of Ethics
The FIFA Code of Ethics 2012 is a document that enlists the ethics that are to be followed by every person who is bound by the FCE 2012. In its article 13 the FCE states that every person, who is bound by it, is “expected to be aware of the importance of their duties and concomitant obligations and responsibilities.” The FCE covers the conduct that may harm the reputation and integrity of football or conduct
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According to FIFA Statutes, Definitions, No. 10, “Officials” include “every board member, committee member, referee and assistant referee, coach, trainer and any other person responsible for technical, medical and administrative matters in FIFA, a Confederation, Association, League or club”
Any person who has been bound on the day of infringement by the FCE has to abide by it; if he no more holds the post the FIFA Ethics Committee will render the decision. This ensures that a person who violates the code cannot escape the consequences by leaving his office post.
As per article 5(2) of FCE, a sanction for conduct would include acts that have been committed or omitted, intentional or negligent, or completed or neglected. A misconduct would result in a penalty against the participator, accomplice and instigator. As per article 6 of FCE, penalties would be sanctioned to those who breach the code in the form of warnings, reprimands, fines, ban on football related activity, and more.
The FCE lays down rules for conduct of duties, undue advantage, protection of personal rights and integrity of
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• Loyalty (FCE Art. 15): As a person bound by FCE, one must maintain a legal, ethical and loyal duty to FIFA, confederations, associations, leagues and clubs.
• Confidentiality (FCE Art. 16): This clause covers that as an office bearer one gets access to various information which is not made available to general public. The office bearer is required to keep this information private and must not disclose it even when he no more holds office.
• Falsification and forgery (FCE Art. 17): This clause states absolute prohibition on forgery or falsification. Their ethics penalise falsification and forgery even if the consequence is of no harm or the matter falsified or forged is very trivial.
• Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting (FCE Art. 18): The persons bounded by FCE has to disclose all information he knows when asked by ethics committee, he is expected to cooperate with the officials and should report any misconduct to the ethics committee.
Undue Advantage: Conflicts Of Interest
Definitions (as per article 19 (2) in
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