FIFA fines Morocco, Russia, Serbia for misconduct

July 1st, 2018

The football federations of Morocco, Russia and Serbia have been heavily fined for fans displaying offensive banners and throwing objects at World Cup matches.

FIFA have fined Morocco’s football federation 65,000 Swiss francs and warned winger Noureddine Amrabat for misconduct after a late Spain goal cost the team a victory at the World Cup.

Amrabat directed an obscene comment about FIFA’s video review system at a television camera minutes after a stoppage-time goal by Spain forward Iago Aspas was allowed to stand in the 2-2 draw at Kaliningrad.

FIFA says one disciplinary charge related to six Morocco staff who “forced their way into the pitch after the final whistle.”

Assistant coach Patrice Beaumelle was also warned for “improper behaviour.”

Another charge was for crowd disturbances by Moroccan fans throwing objects in the stadium.

Morocco federation president Fouzi Lekjaa was warned for coming to the team technical area during the game.

In a separate case, FIFA’s disciplinary panel fined Mexico’s federation 15,000 Swiss francs for disturbances by the country’s fans throwing objects during the 3-0 loss to Sweden.

FIFA says their disciplinary panel also fined Russia’s federation 10,000 Swiss francs for fans displaying a “discriminatory banner” during their national team’s 3-0 loss to Uruguay in Samara

Serbia’s federation was fined 20,000 Swiss francs as well for showing a “political and offensive banner” during team’s 2-0 loss against Brazil in Moscow.

It’s the second time in Serbia’s three World Cup games that FIFA have fined them for fans bringing political messages to stadiums.

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