Wednesday, August 4, 2010

FIFA World Cup finalists Spain & Netherlands fined

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) fined 2010 Football World Cup Champion Spain 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,363) and the runner up Netherlands 15,000 Swiss francs ($14,040) for their poor behavior in World Cup final on 11 July 2010 at Soccer City, Johannesburg.

2010 FIFA World Cup final will be remembered for 14 yellow cards that were handed out by referee Howard Webb. This was indeed a new record, breaking the previous one set by Argentina and West Germany with six cards in 1986 Football World Cup. The match had the most number of fouls (47), especially from the Netherlands. Though there were no red card issued, Netherland's defender John Heitinga who received his second yellow card was sent off on the final stages of the match.

These incidents prompted FIFA president Sepp Blatter to say 'he had been let down by the players' behavior'. He also fined both the teams under article 52 of the FIFA disciplinary code, under which "disciplinary measures may be imposed on associations and clubs where a team fails to conduct itself properly". The first part of the article reads: "a fine may be imposed where the referee sanctions at least five members of the same team during a match (caution or expulsion)."

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