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The International FA Board is taking the step to censor goal celebrations and other on-field public displays by banning personal messages on t-shirts under a player’s jersey.  The decision was made at last month’s meeting in Zurich and will take effect on June 1 meaning it will be in force for this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

“From now on there can be no slogan or image whatsoever on undergarments even good-natured ones. This will apply from 1 June and be in force for the World Cup,” FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said after the decision was made.

A ban is currently in place to cover overt slogans but the broader application will also start to cover any personal messages.

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The most recent World Cup incident came on the final goal of the 2010 World Cup when Andres Iniesta revealed a shirt in memory of his friend Dani Jarque, a defender with Espanyol, who died earlier that year.

But the practice is far more common in domestic leagues which will see the rule adopted next season as well.

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Who can forget Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli’ revealing his ‘Why always me’ shirt?

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Juventus’ Paul Pogba giving a shout-out to a group of friends from his childhood neighborhood ‘ R.L.S. City Boys.’

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Carlos Tevez has been using his undershirt as a billboard for years including during his time at West Ham, Manchester City, and Juventus.

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The best plan but possibly worst execution for a celebration reveal came back in 1997.  Ian Wright was chasing the Arsenal goal record and was 1 goal short of equaling the record.  The forward failed to find he net in 3 matches and when he finally ended the drought he revealed a shirt with the Nike swoosh and ‘179 – Just Done It’.

Fans got the true message 5 minutes later when Wright scored again and did indeed set the new mark.

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