Dear oh dear... some FIDE-istas really don't get it, do they? They are looking to compare chess with major sports and their well-paid professional players. Of course it is possible (arguably necessary) to hog-tie football and athletics pros with all manner of rules and regulations and potential penalties, because they stand to earn lots of money and have to obey the rules if they are to carry on earning. But chess simply doesn't have the money to warrant this sort of heavy-handed approach, and never will have. Also, it doesn't need such rules. If a football team doesn't turn up in time for a televised match, there are consequences. But if a chessplayer doesn't show up in time for a game, 99% of the time it really doesn't matter that much and draconian measures would be disproportionate.
I had thought for some time that FIDE were steadily working towards the prevention of chess (with their new default time rule, for example) but it seems they are now developing an even more revolutionary measure - charging people a lot of money for not playing chess. I just hope that the ECF doesn't cotton on to this idea and threaten to charge me 'non-game-fee' for the 30 games of chess that I didn't play this year.
I'd suggest that, in response to this, British federations send FIDE the same one-word response that a US general at the Battle of the Bulge gave to his German opposite number who demanded that he surrender: "nuts". Let them figure out a translation for that. And perhaps we should kick FIDE into the long grass and think about signing up with (the relatively sane?) Stan Vaughan 'World Chess Federation'... http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5735