Good business, bad business: John Terry and sex at work

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PICCADILLY LINE — Sometimes you have to wonder if they say these things just to wind up the Brits. UEFA and FIFA officials that is.

Sepp Blatter, the president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has commented on the England football captain John Terry losing his job. Terry, who is married with twin babies, was found to have been having an affair with his fellow defenseman’s fiance.

Blatter said that in some countries his behaviour would have been applauded. Citing Latin countries like France, Italy and Spain.

Is that true?


But it does raise an interesting question: what level of responsibility does an organisation have in the so-called personal lives of it’s employees?

I have worked in a business where there were liaison’s between bosses and people who reported to them. A bit like the David Letterman business that America was overwhelmed with in 2009. And many businesses do not see that as a problem.

What do you think?


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  1. Mike

    You have to wonder if the French bank issue isnt tied to exactly that type of outlook….look the other way when there are terrible people in charge.

  2. Mike Klein

    Addressing the private lives of public people is a big issue, and when one is dealing with footballers, you have the added problem of guys with an awful lot of money, effectively no proper education, and an air of invincibility.

    Whether it’s John Terry cuckolding his England teammate or, worse in many respects, David Bentley wrapping his car around a tree, I think football clubs have a right to demand decent behaviour in return for the millions they pay their players–as in effect, their visibility makes the world their workplace and thus subject to workplace discipline.

    In contrast, a City banker–even one on similar pay–does not have nearly the visibility or the ambassadorial element of the job a top footballer does.

    The market could regulate this quite easily–very few football clubs would give their highly-paid charges carte blanche, but very few banks would want to restrict out-of-office activities of bankers for fear of losing them to other institutions…

  3. Adrian Swinscoe

    Hi David,
    I was out onto your book (People Power) by an ex-colleague of yours. Nice work, by the way. An enjoyable read.

    I’ve also been following your blog recently and think the article on John Terry raises some interesting questions.

    I think that we live in a world where private lives are ever more scutinised, particularly if someone is in the public eye or has a position of responsibility. But surely our private lives should be private whoever we are, unless someone has done something in their ‘private’ life that has an adverse effect on their ability to execute their professional duties.

    Do you agree?


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