FIFA fines Argentina £200,000

FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association nearly £200,000 for failing to bring players to pre-match press conferences at the World Cup.

Last Updated: 11/07/14 at 07:35 Post Comment

Alejandro Sabella: Argentina boss was not accompanied by players at press confer

Alejandro Sabella: Argentina boss was not accompanied by players at press confer

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The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said that Argentina, who will play in the World Cup final against Germany on Sunday, had breached the competition's media and marketing regulations.

The rules require teams to bring at least one player along with the coach to official news conferences held one day in advance of each match.

Only coach Alejandro Sabella has appeared for Argentina at their last four news conferences.

FIFA said the purpose of the regulations is 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."

I've got no sympathy at all for Argentina. Modern international footballers enjoy a lavish lifestyle the like of which most of us can only dream. That comes from the global interest in, and commercialisation of the game. Media and sponsor commitments are part and parcel of that. Don't like it, give back the Ferraris and mansions, get a 9 to 5 and turn out for the local amateur team. Although thebigshow is right, just bring the 3rd choice keeper, he's got to have something to do besides collecting the bibs after training.
- Mike_Christie

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