FIFA has introduced a new rule that will ban players from taking selfies with the ball, and it will be used to keep players out of games for the first time since 2006.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to enforce the rule on the international level following complaints from players and the players’ union.FIFA’s decision comes just a week after it was revealed that a number of top players, including Lionel Messi, Neymar and Karim Benzema, had taken a number-two selfie with the Ballon d’Or trophy on Wednesday night.
The move was seen as an attempt to appease fans and the media who had been calling for the suspension of all players who had taken selfies with their team’s trophy.
The new rule will apply to any player who is involved in a match, and also for any team that has a player or two taking a selfie with their trophy.”FIFA has decided that this rule will be in place in the coming days, and that it is a consequence of the number of players taking selfies,” a FIFA spokesperson said in a statement.
“Players will be required to use official photographs to take their pictures with the trophy, while any player that is involved is also required to submit a photograph to the Disciplinary Panel.”
The move comes amid growing concerns over players taking pictures with their own trophies.
Earlier this week, French footballers Olivier Giroud and Serge Aurier took pictures with France’s Clasico trophy.
Earlier, the European Championships saw a number players take selfies with it, including former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard and Arsenal defender Santi Cazorla.
Earlier in the summer, England goalkeeper John Ruddy took a photo with a football with the winning goal against Scotland and the Scottish national anthem was played.
The Disciplinary Board will meet again on Friday, when they will decide whether or not to bring forward the ban.