Argentine football association fined $33,000 for political banner
FIFA has fined the Argentine football association 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) after national team players stood with a political banner before a World Cup warm-up match, FIFA announced Friday.
Before a June 7 friendly against Slovenia, several players held a sign that read, "Las Malvinas son Argentinas," which means, "The Falklands are Argentine."
In 1982, Argentina and Britain fought a ten-week war over the Falkland Islands. The islands have been a British territory since 1833.
FIFA rules prohibit political statements at matches.
The Argentine football associated was fined 300,000 Swiss francs ($340,000) earlier this month after Argentine players did not show up to pre-match news conferences at the World Cup.
- Sarah Barshop