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SWC fine for Dutch, Spain

2010-08-03 13:04

Zurich - The Netherlands and Spain have been fined by FIFA for their players' poor discipline in a bad-tempered Soccer World Cup final.

FIFA said on Tuesday the Dutch federation must pay 15 000 Swiss francs ($14 480) after eight different players received yellow cards, and defender John Heitinga was booked a second time and sent off.

English referee Howard Webb showed five yellow cards to Spain, getting its federation a 10 000 francs ($9 650) fine.

FIFA's disciplinary code has a clause on team misconduct calling for a federation to be fined when at least five of its players are sanctioned in a match.

Spain won 1-0 in the July 11 final, on Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal after the Netherlands were reduced to 10 players.

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  • tjr - 2010-08-03 13:14

    I agree with the fine. The WC final is a high profile event watched by millions. The soccer players were not good ambassadors for their sport nor for there country. Good sportsmanship is extremly important at such a high level, as sports people should be good role models for future soccer players.

  • Robert Kay - 2010-08-03 13:20

    Well done, FIFA. More money in the kitty. Gotta make sure Septic Bladder has a worthwhile pension!

  • kitchenboy - 2010-08-03 13:25

    quite frankly this is far too lenient for what i would consider the absolute worst game of the entire world cup.

  • koos - 2010-08-03 13:42

    Spain should have had 3-4 more yellow cards for diving.

  • nigel - 2010-08-03 13:47

    what about Brazil & Argentina, or did they not behave badly. Surely a dliberate handball (Paraguay) is the worst behaviour of all, why no fine here? & last but not least what about fining those refs that made bed mistakes or those that haded out packs of red cards, most of them not warranted.

  • len rundle - 2010-08-03 13:59

    Watched the ladies u20 world cup. What a pleasure.....no prima donna's falling down every time an opponent came within a meter, and the refs (ladies) didn't need to blow the game to death. Maybe the men should get off their high horses (particularly the refs).

  • helen - 2010-08-03 14:01

    what about all the diving spain did? why is there no fine for that? what happened to playing sports like children do, with enjoyment and no cheating? plus soccer is supposedly played by men, not sissies!

  • BLOUBUL - 2010-08-03 14:03

    what's the fine going to accomplish? same as in F1... nothing.

  • Matt - 2010-08-03 14:10

    English ref messed up the world cup final - he was biased in favour of the Spanish. I see our ancestors also seem to have ref problems!

  • Athena - 2010-08-03 14:22

    Good... It amazed me that only after the Dutch got a yellow card, the "injured" spaniard got back unto his feet after a "miracle" healing...

  • South African - 2010-08-03 14:25

    What about the hand that stoped Ghana from advancing to the semis against Uruguay?

  • Blondie - 2010-08-03 14:27

    I personally feel that Netherlands should be banned from international tournaments. And what about Howard Webb?? Shouldn't he also get fined for inconsistent refereeing?

  • Aizawa - 2010-08-03 14:35

    Does it make any difference now?

  • Coward Webb - 2010-08-03 14:39

    The more yellow cards that get handed out is a sure sign of the amount of control that the ref has on the game. Maybe the English Football Association should be fined accordingly for the way that the game was handled by the pride of England Refs. Absolute shocker from the referee.

  • afrograin - 2010-08-03 14:41

    Noboby wants to lose the World Cup finals. It will always be a physical match unless the teams competing consists of strictly barcelona and arsenal players

  • afrograin - 2010-08-03 14:41

    Noboby wants to lose the World Cup finals. It will always be a physical match unless the teams competing consists of strictly barcelona and arsenal players

  • rbgguy @ kitchenboy - 2010-08-03 14:51

    This isn't rugby dude. That is chump change in football terms. It was merely a gesture

  • Greg - 2010-08-03 14:52

    I'm sick and tired of that useless sport. Put news of a sport that is played by gentlemen on these news pages, like RUGBY.

  • jiana - 2010-08-03 15:05

    I agree with the fine. The WC final is a high profile event watched by millions. The soccer players were not good ambassadors for their sport nor for there country. Good sportsmanship is extremly important at such a high level, as sports people should be good role models for future soccer players.

  • NIGEL - 2010-08-03 15:06

    What a measly fine and why so much time after the game. These players made millions - so evn if they pay FIFA individually - it is small change to them - BAH !

  • Paulo - 2010-08-03 15:09

    Netherlands a total discgraceful showing once again, and should have had at least 2 red cards. I'm an avid neutral soccer fan, and have seen this kind of showing far too often from the Dutch. Against Portugal years back they did the same, and finished 2nd best ... with only 8 players.

  • LOL - 2010-08-03 15:44

    Really!? A whole 15 000 francs? The poor federation - how will they ever be able to pay such a massive fine?

  • soccer lover - 2010-08-03 16:12

    Here's my feeling on spain, Villa should have been sent (Red card) off in the match against Honduras for retaliation against the Honduran defender, this would have made him miss the next match , witch spain won from sheer luck. Fifa reviewed the footage and thought that it was fine for one player to slap another player . http://g.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/world-cup/blog/dirty-tackle/post/David-Villa-punches-Honduras-defender-may-be-su?urn=sow,250369 You decide - if villa was carded would spain have won the fifa world cup

  • LL - 2010-08-03 16:17

    The punishment for a handball in goal area is a red card, plus penalty kick. This was awarded. It is not VIOLENT aggressive bhvr. Punishment for behaving like a hooligan and kicking another in the chest....totally different. Read the rules, if you can.

  • Noel - 2010-08-03 16:22

    FIFA has a great sense of humour!

  • GUNNAR - 2010-08-03 17:16

    BLATTER SHOULD BE FINED FOR DRAGING HIS FEET ON ALLOWING VIDEO EVIDENCE!

  • Zidane - 2010-08-03 21:23

    FIVA' s got a great business going!

  • @viva i mean FIFA - 2010-08-03 21:37

    That the world still supports you is a wonder. Is there not another entrepeur that are prepared to have an alternative competition? Fact is, FIFA did not make friends in SA. (except those they .....)

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