FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands Football Stunt

FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands Football Stunt

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Football world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina’s football association due to a players’ protest over the Falkland islands at a World Cup warmup game.

At last week’s home friendly against Slovenia in La Plata, the Argentina team stood behind a banner proclaiming sovereignty over the Falkland islands, or Malvinas as South Americans know them, in a long-running dispute with Britain.

“Las Malvinas Son Argentinas,” or “The Malvinas Are Argentine”, read the large poster displayed on the pitch before Argentina’s 2-0 win.


“FIFA can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened today,” the world body said, referring to an “apparent breach” of two regulations referring to “prevention of provocative and aggressive actions” and “team misconduct.”

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