FIFA sanctions federations for unsporting conduct of fans

Madrid, Oct 4 (IANS) The world’s apex football body FIFA on Tuesday imposed a series of sanctions against 11 national federations for unsporting and discriminatory conduct by their fans during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The 11 national federations are Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Italy and Albania.

“Following match reports and additional evidence generated by the Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against associations of Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Italy and Albania,” FIFA said in a statement.

Since Chile had committed another infringement during the probation period imposed in May 2016, a ban on playing at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos in Santiago for a further match will be applied, the world body added.

The stadium ban will be served at the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Chile and Venezuela on March 28 next year, reports Efe.

Additionally, the Chilean FA was fined a total of almost 60,000 euros ($66,000) for the two cases.

Moreover, Honduras, Albania, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Argentina, Canada and Brazil were also fined for individual cases.

–IANS

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