FIFA has launched a new e-learning tool designed to help football officials across the 209 member associations become more familiar with the provisions of the FIFA Code of Ethics 2012 (FCE).
The initiative was presented at a meeting of the FIFA Ethics Committee in January 2013 and represents another important step in FIFA’s on-going reform process.
Published on FIFA.com, the e-learning tool provides an overview of the scope of the FCE, the consequences of violating it, and a review of the Rules of Conduct.
In addition to promoting general education and awareness, the e-learning tool will be used by the Ethics Committee as part of settlements with individuals who may have committed minor or unintentional violations. For example, the Ethics Committee may require an individual to undergo training, to answer test questions and obtain certification before agreeing to close a case without bringing formal charges.
The updated FCE came into effect in July 2012. It includes provisions for protecting the integrity and reputation of football and covers all officials and players, as well as match and players’ agents.
The e-learning tool follows on from the recent launch of a new reporting mechanism on 6 February 2013, in which individuals can notify FIFA – with the strictest confidentiality – of potential violations relating to match manipulation and infringements of the FIFA Code of Ethics and violations of FIFA’s regulatory framework.