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World Cup: Argentina and Croatia could be sanctioned by FIFA


FIFA has announced the opening of investigations against Argentina and Croatia, after the behavior of certain players.

The International Football Federation (FIFA) announced Friday to open proceedings against the selections of Argentina and Croatia for events which occurred respectively during the matches against France and Morocco at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The procedure against Argentina is aimed in particular

at "possible violations of articles 11 (offensive behavior and violation of the principles of fair play) and 12 (misconduct of players and officials)

" during the World Cup final won against France. on penalties (3-3 ap).

If the press release does not specify which attitudes are concerned by these procedures, the Argentinian goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez had been photographed after the match making a rude gesture with the trophy of the golden glove rewarding the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

He had also been filmed in the locker room mocking French star Kylian Mbappé.

Argentina is also the subject of a procedure for a violation of the media and marketing regulations of the World Cup.

Croatian songs pose problems

FIFA has also initiated proceedings against the Croatian federation for "

potential violations of articles 13 (discrimination) and 16 (order and security at matches) of the Fifa disciplinary code

" during the match for third place against Morocco, won (2-1) by Croatia.

Again, the FIFA press release does not give details of the incidents covered by this procedure.

During the celebrations of the Croatian team, videos relayed on social networks had however shown the Croatian players singing nationalist songs with fascist overtones.

One of the players present in this video, defender Dejan Lovren, newly arrived in Lyon, had defended himself to


by evoking "

a patriotic song which relates to my country, which means that I love my country

" .

Three countries already sanctioned

In its press release, Fifa also indicates that it has taken sanctions against the Mexican, Ecuadorian and Serbian federations for violations of article 13 of its code of conduct (discrimination), due to songs sung by supporters of the three countries.

Mexico is fined 100,000 Swiss francs (about 99,600 euros) and a match behind closed doors suspended, Ecuador is fined 20,000 Swiss francs (about 19,900 euros) and a match behind closed doors partial, and Serbia is sanctioned with a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (about 49,800 euros) and a match behind closed doors.

Seven Serbian players were also individually sanctioned for misconduct in the group game against Switzerland.

Source: lefigaro

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