FIFA's Plan To Fine Neymar for Wrong Underwear Shows Where Its Priorities Lie

Zohaib Ahmed
June 26, 2014: When will FIFA realize that there is more to soccer governance than players' underwear?

FIFA's conduct in the past few years has been shady enough, and it will get even murkier if it proceeds with its plan of taking action against a major soccer star.

Speculation is rife that the game's governing body is upset over Brazil forward Neymar's choice of underwear and will slap him with a hefty fine if he is found guilty of violating its dress code.

Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like.

After Brazil's 4-1 win over Cameroon earlier this week, Neymar, as is customary in soccer, took his shirt off to swap with one of the opposing players. It exposed the waistband of his underwear for public viewing, and there the world found out that he wasn't sporting FIFA's World Cup-sanctioned undergarments.

It may come as a surprise to some, but FIFA's jurisdiction does really go underneath a player's clothing. If history is any guide, then Neymar should expect a penalty of at least $125,000, which is the amount that Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner was made to pay when he pulled a similar stunt at the 2010 World Cup.

The figure does seems a bit excessive for an offense as minor as this one, but then we know that FIFA can turn into a ruthless beast if anything threatens to come between it and $$$. After all, it is the NONPROFIT that forced Brazilian legislators to scrap their law prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic drinks in their stadiums just to appease sponsor Budweiser.

It also is the same organization that has issued fines as low as £10,000 for security breaches and racism-related offenses in Europe.

We're not even getting into its insistence of giving Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup despite the controversies it has caused.

Neither are we going to mention its refusal to ban a homophobic chant at the World Cup, because all of these are unimportant. What truly matters is that players cater to FIFA's policies and rake in as much cash for it as possible.