FIFA charges Argentina with disorderly conduct at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — FIFA has launched disciplinary proceedings against Argentine players for their behavior during the controversial World Cup Quarter-final against the Netherlands.

Football’s governing body cited ‘order and safety at matches’ In its disciplinary code against the Argentine Football Federation.

As the game became confrontational in the late stages, Argentine substitutes and coaches invaded the pitch as the Netherlands scored two late goals to force extra time. After the 2-2 draw with Argentina in the penalty shootout, the confrontation on the field became more intense.

Lionel Messi is one of a World Cup record 17 players or members of the coaching staff to be shown a yellow card during or after a match.

Fifa said receiving five yellow cards in a match was a routine charge of misconduct by teams and both Argentina and the Netherlands were disciplined.

Both confederations could be fined the same 15,000 Swiss francs ($16,000) fine as FIFA’s disciplinary panel Saudi Arabia has been penalized twice for team misconduct at this World Cup.

Argentina could face a heavier fine for a separate charge of disorder.

FIFA did not give a timetable for the rulings, which are not usually announced before the teams’ next World Cup matches.

On Tuesday, Argentina will face Croatia in the semifinals.


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