The poor behaviour of journalists at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in the Ivory Coast has prompted the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to issue a new set of guidelines and tighten up media access following consultation with the local police.
Away from the on-pitch drama at AFCON, the actions of journalists have been an unhappy subplot, with abuse, fighting and near-nudity making headlines from the press box.
“There was someone dancing naked in the media tribune,” a CAF media official said to assembled journalists at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan on Friday, while explaining the new guidelines. “We cannot have that.”
“While we understand that we are all football fans and are passionate about our national teams, journalists are expected to observe professional standards.”
CAF has said it will expel and remove the accreditation of any media practitioner involved in “wild celebrations and abuses [of] other media colleagues,” while also announcing a zero-tolerance approach to fighting among journalists.