Argentina fined $340,000 by FIFA ahead of World Cup final

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File photo: Argentine players celebrate with fans after winning the semi-final against Netherlands
Rio de Janeiro, July 11: FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association (AFA) $340,000 ahead of the World Cup 2014 final against Germany.

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In a statement, FIFA said they were imposing a fine on AFA for not bring players to pre-match news conferences during the World Cup in Brazil.

"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a fine of Swiss Francs (CHF) 300,000 ($340,000) and pronounced a reprimand against the Argentina FA in relation to breaches of the Regulations 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and the competition's Media & Marketing Regulations," FIFA said yesterday (July 10).

Argentina sent only the head coach when it was required for at least one player to be with him at the pre-match media conferences. They had repeated the same for three matches - against Nigeria (Group Stage), Switzerland (Round of 16) and Belgium (Quarter-finals).

"Disciplinary proceedings were opened after Argentina turned up to three consecutive Match Day -1 press conferences in the stadium (ARG v. NIG, ARG v. SUI, ARG v. BEL), with only the head coach present instead of the required head coach plus at least one player. The same incident occurred at the Match Day -1 press conference prior to the semi-final ARG v. NED," FIFA added.

Argentina will play Germany in the final of the World Cup on July 13 at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

Here is the full statement from FIFA

"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a fine of Swiss Francs (CHF) 300,000 and pronounced a reprimand against the Argentina FA in relation to breaches of the Regulations 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and the competition's Media & Marketing Regulations.

Disciplinary proceedings were opened after Argentina turned up to three consecutive Match Day -1 press conferences in the stadium (ARG v. NIG, ARG v. SUI, ARG v. BEL), with only the head coach present instead of the required head coach plus at least one player. The same incident occurred at the Match Day -1 press conference prior to the semi-final ARG v. NED.

After analysing all necessary elements, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee found the Argentina FA guilty of breaching art. 4 par. 1 lit. f and 4. par. 2 of the Regulations 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil as well as art. 12.2 2nd part (i) of the competition's Media & Marketing Regulations.

The objective of the said regulations is inter alia to allow media, and ultimately fans, to have an opportunity to follow a team's preparations, while also allowing each team to have the best possible environment for those preparations."

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