FIFA punishes Argentina for acts of discrimination and misconduct by fans

FIFA punishes Argentina for acts of discrimination and misconduct by fans

FIFA punishes Argentina for acts of discrimination and misconduct by fans

In a recent development, FIFA has taken significant actions by imposing a series of sanctions on the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) in response to incidents that occurred during three matches in 2023, all part of the World Cup qualification campaign for the 2026 tournament. These matches involved Argentina facing off against Brazil, Uruguay, and Ecuador.

The penalties handed down by FIFA include a substantial fine of approximately 75,000 euros, a considerable financial setback for the AFA. Additionally, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opted for a restriction on the stadium's capacity for Argentina's upcoming home fixture. Scheduled for September 4th against Chile, only 50% of the stadium's seating will be made available to spectators, indicating the seriousness of the disciplinary measures taken.

These sanctions were prompted by a series of incidents that marred Argentina's matches. During their victory over Ecuador on September 8th (1-0), and their subsequent defeat to Uruguay on November 17th (0-2), there were disruptions that led to match delays, reports of discrimination, and even instances of fans invading the pitch. A more recent and highly publicized incident occurred on November 22nd during the Brazil-Argentina match (0-1). The kickoff was significantly delayed due to violent clashes between Argentine fans and the Brazilian police, adding to the gravity of the situation and contributing to the increased fine imposed on the AFA.

Notably, it's important to recall that during the Brazil-Argentina match, Lionel Messi's team initially refused to start the game as a form of protest against the treatment of their fans by the authorities. However, FIFA determined that the "albiceleste" fans were responsible for "acts of misconduct inside and outside the stadium," ultimately holding them accountable for the disturbances. Surprisingly, Brazil managed to escape any punitive measures in this context.

These disciplinary actions by FIFA underscore the organization's commitment to maintaining the integrity and orderliness of international football matches, emphasizing the consequences that both fans and football federations may face when such incidents occur.

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