The English Football Association are about to get tough, really tough. In the wake of finding England's former captain John Terry guilty of racist abuse and being labelled a, "bunch of t**ts," by the delightful Ashley Cole—one of their senior players—on Twitter, the FA are launching a new code of conduct.
You might say it's overdue. You might also say it's the equivalent of bringing on your best defender five minutes after a couple of ugly headers bulged your onion bag.
Better late than never, though. After all, England fans suffer enough through the agonies of their underachieving football team, without having to also deal with the embarrassment of harboring some of the game's biggest idiots.
Said FA chairman David Bernstein, as per the Guardian:
The England players are representing their country, they're role models, their behavior is incredibly important in respect of everything else we're trying to do.
I came into this position as chairman with five things I'd identified, one of which was respect, in its wider sense, not just towards referees but player to player. I'm beginning to think it's the most important thing I've got to deal with as chairman of the FA.
The FA's code of conduct will include guidelines for using social media. There will also be clear rules for what's acceptable behavior on England duty and when England players are with club sides. And there will be an outline of what punishments might meet certain offenses.
Perhaps it should have go further? Here are some items that England fans might like to see, drawn from 46 years of hurts and the inevitable cycle of optimism followed by despair that has accompanied every major tournament appearance since 1966.