Wed, October 10, 2012
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Football Association to launch England player code of conduct

2012-10-10 03:46:14 GMT2012-10-10 11:46:14(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Football Association chairman David Bernstein is to bring in a code of conduct for England players.

He hopes to have it ready for when England play Sweden on 14 November and punishments could include suspensions.

"They [the players] are incredible role models with incredibly high profiles and their behaviour is extremely important," said Bernstein.

"I feel very strongly about that. This really should have been brought in years and years ago."

The most recent controversy to hit the England camp is left-back Ashley Cole's Twitter message insulting the FA.

Cole, 31, later deleted the tweet and apologised to Bernstein before meeting Prince William when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially opened the FA new centre of excellence at St George's Park on Tuesday.

Bernstein, Club England managing director Adrian Bevington, FA chief executive Alex Horne and the FA's director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking have given the senior England squad a 10-minute bullet point presentation on what they expect.

"I came into this position as chairman with five things I'd identified, one of which was respect, in its wider sense," said Bernstein, who took up his role in January 2011.

"Not just towards referees but player-to-player, the whole respect agenda.

"I'm beginning to think it's the most important thing I've got to deal with as chairman of the FA."

He added: "These guys share a desire to play for England. They really do value it.

"But the FA is a complicated organisation. Having the whole regulatory side alongside Club England has created a degree of confusion.

"There has been a lack of clarity and the fact we haven't sat down with them has led to a bit of fuzziness."

Players have not been banned from using Twitter by the FA but there will be punishments if they break the rules which will soon come into force.

"If someone transgresses in a way that brings the integrity of the team or themselves or the organisation into question, we have the ability to warn them, or if we deem it appropriate, under significant circumstances, to suspend them from England," said Bevington.

"A lot of thought has gone into it and obviously the clubs have their own codes of conduct."

(Agencies)

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