It seems that biting players, match-fixing and corrupt officials are but minor problems to football’s international federation, FIFA, which has reacted to a patriotic showing from Nico Rosberg in honour of Germany winning the World Cup.
The governing body has successfully petitioned to ban the German, the current leader of the F1 World Championship, from wearing a one-off helmet design which bore an image of the World Cup trophy.
Rosberg – fresh from marrying his fiancée and announcing a multi-year contract extension with Mercedes – posted a picture on his Twitter feed of the custom helmet design he would run at his home race this weekend. The striking design features the World Cup trophy, the German flag and four stars – one for each World Cup victory by Germany (or West Germany, in its pre-partition guise).
However, the FIFA statutes strictly forbid the use of images of the World Cup trophy, and as such he was forced to change the design ahead of this weekend’s race.
“Any unauthorised use of the official marks not only undermines the integrity of the FIFA World Cup and its marketing programme, but also puts the interests of the worldwide football community at stake,” FIFA said. Considering the controversy in which FIFA currently finds itself mired, the statement has to rank among the most deluded we’ve read in a while.
Boo, FIFA. Boo.
Images via Nico Rosberg and XPB Images
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