FIFA investigates Frings' role in Argentina melee
BERLIN, July 2: FIFA said today it was investigating the role played by Germany midfielder Torsten Frings in the fracas that followed their World Cup quarter-final victory over Argentina in a penalty shootout.
''Following new evidence coming to light, the disciplinary committee have opened a case against the German player Torsten Frings who they are considering played an active role in the incident at the end of the match,'' said FIFA spokesman Markus Siegler.
FIFA had said earlier today it was taking no action against any Germany player. Italy's Sky Sport television has repeatedly shown images of the fracas at the end of the game, with commentators saying the images showed Frings punching Argentine Julio Ricardo Cruz.
Germany face Italy in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
''The German federation and the player have until 10 o'clock on Monday morning to submit a written explanation,'' said FIFA's Siegler.
''Because of the urgency of the situation a decision will be announced by the disciplinary committee on Monday afternoon.''