Dunga, Brazil football federation create new code of conduct for national team

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The Brazilian football federation has put forth new rules regarding the conduct and dress of its national team footballers, reports the Associated Press/FOX Soccer.

Brazil’s largest daily, Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, released a 16-page work that revealed the code of conduct.

Under new head coach Dunga, players are not allowed to wear flip-flops, earrings or hats while taking part in their international side, and penalties for violating these measures include a fine, warning, or release from the squad, although this particular directive is likely situational.

The AP details some of the other regulations:

It also says that nobody should leave the table before everyone is finished during meals, and that the captain should be the first one to leave. It notes that players should always report to the national team wearing social attire.

They can’t express their political or religious opinion while with the national team, and should always sing the national anthem before matches.

According to Folha, the guide also says the players are responsible for paying for extra costs during trips, including charges for phone calls and excess baggage.

”There are rules in any company, and even in our family there are conducts that are needed to maintain good harmony,” Dunga said. ”We are not prohibiting anything, there were rules already, we are suggesting some things we thought were important. The players are responsible for their own acts and depending on what happens we will decide how we respond.”

After succumbing to an embarrassing 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup this summer, many believe that Dunga’s aim is to instill a no-nonsense attitude early in his reign to erase the probability of a future lapse.

And the manager, who recently released 11-year regular Maicon from the squad due to lateness, said followers of the Little Canaries “demanded more” of the team. Additionally, players have taken his new laws fairly well, according to former Inter man.

”I think fans demanded more organization in the national team,” he said. ”From what we’ve seen so far, the players liked what was presented to them, now they know what the limits are.”