Monday, September 10, 2012

No Medal For You?

FIFA sets date to judge case of South Korea player’s political banner at London Olympics

ZURICH — A South Korea soccer player who displayed a political sign after the bronze-medal match at the London Olympics will have his disciplinary case heard on Oct. 5.

The verdict will help decide if Park Jong-woo gets the bronze medal that the International Olympic Committee has withheld since Aug. 10. ...

See the whole story here, from the Washington Post.

Kicking Back Comments: This is interesting to me. Remember before in "Should We Punish the Undeserving?" where we spoke about FIFA and other competition authorities "feeling the scenario"?

Here is a good chance for FIFA to do just that. Villa in that case lifted his short during play to reveal a heartfelt message about his family who nursed his soul through his broken leg.

In the current case Jong-woo, seemed to have a similar spontaneous, yet far more political expression after South Korea's win over Japan in August for the bronze medal.

Remember, the IBD states "... political, religious or personal statements." While the Villa statement is certainly personal, and the Jong-woo message is certainly political, both are equally prohibited.

Let's see if FIFA is evenly handed in enforcing their own Board Decisions.

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