Defamation clauses inserted as Fifa reshapes code of ethics

World football’s governing body Fifa has moved to revamp its code of ethics, with “corruption” removed as an official offence and defamation introduced as a new means of sanctioning.

The Associated Press news agency said the changes mark the first alterations to the code of ethics since the wide-ranging corruption scandal that hit the organisation in 2015. Alterations are said to have been made during secret meetings, with Fifa now apparently able to specifically pursue cases in which it claims to have been defamed.

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