By: EL Cheng
Jul 24, 2018 @ 17:40
As of 1st of July 2004, FIFA announced that footballers will receive a yellow card if they remove their shirt any point of the game.
What is the real reason that FIFA implemented this rule?
FIFA’s explanation is through Law relating to ‘Fouls and Misconduct’ stating that a player who removes his jersey after scoring a goal will be cautioned for unsporting behavior. The rule also suggests that if the jersey has been pulled over the player’s head, of if his head has been covered by the jersey.
The rule further explains that removing a shirt after scoring is unnecessary and the player should avoid such excessive displays of joy.
Many players who have been book under this rule has a few words to say. Some of them wears an extra shirt underneath their jersey but are still issued a yellow card for removing the jersey. In the World Cup tournament of 2010, Andres Iniesta scored an injury time goal in the final. Iniesta being unable to suppress his joy, celebrated by removing his shirt. Although having an undershirt, Andres Iniesta was showed a yellow card. Many fans argued that celebration is a part of the game and suppressing the celebration is a ridiculous decision.
Another question is, why are players not shown a yellow card for removing his jersey after the game?
The main reason is that FIFA is protecting the sponsors. Many big sponsors written in to FIFA to show their displeasure that the names and logo are often not visible when the camera is showing a half-naked player.
Their argument is that the most important moment for sponsor is when the sponsored team had just scored a goal. All eyes and cameras will have their focus on the celebrating player and pictures in the newspapers will show a jersey-less players without the sight of a sponsor. Therefore, the sponsors do not get the full of the value that they have spent on.
Does sponsorship require more exposure to the game? Why is football being dictated by sponsors?