FIFA sanctions 4 Uruguayan players for disorderly conduct at the World Cup


FIFA banned Uruguayan players Fernando Muslera and José María Giménez on Friday for four games each for aggressively confronting referees when the team was knocked out of the World Cup last month.

Veterans Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin must also serve a one-match suspension when Uruguay next plays, FIFA said in disciplinary verdicts.

All players must perform community service in a soccer project and pay fines of up to 20,000 Swiss francs ($21,600), FIFA said.

Disorder erupted when Uruguay failed to advance to the round of 16 in Qatar despite beating Ghana 2-0 in their final group game on December 2.

The Uruguayan soccer federation was also fined 50,000 Swiss francs ($54,000) and must close part of its stadium for a home game.

FIFA’s disciplinary judges ruled that the federation “was responsible for the discriminatory behavior of its supporters, as well as for misconduct, offensive behavior and violation of the principles of fair play” by the players.

Uruguay’s players confronted German referee Daniel Siebert after the final whistle at the Al Janoub Stadium.

They believed that Uruguay should be awarded a stoppage time penalty kick. One more goal scored would have sent Uruguay to the round of 16 instead of South Korea.

South Korea advanced instead and created one of the most memorable images of the World Cup.

As Uruguay and Ghana played stoppage time in the city of Doha, South Korea’s players and staff gathered in the center circle after their 2-1 win over Portugal to watch on their cell phones as their rivals played. and waited to find out who would advance as runner-up. up in Group H.

Cavani, Godín and the goalkeeper Muslera were each playing their fourth World Cup and Giménez his third.

Uruguay has yet to announce their opponents for the international break matches at the end of March.


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