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Argentine football association fined $33,000 for political banner

Argentine football association fined $33,000 for political banner Photo: Alejandro Pagni/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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- Sarah Barshop

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