Argentina and the Netherlands are facing a FIFA investigation following their quarter-final clash that ended in chaos… and both teams are expected to be fined for breaching the disciplinary code.
FIFA will launch an investigation into Argentina and the Netherlands following their fiery World Cup quarter-final clash.
The two sides faced off in a scrappy round of 16 encounter on Friday night, with Lionel Messi and Argentina winning on penalties. after the score was tied at 2-2 after extra time.
There were a total of 17 bookings when tensions began to boil overand football’s governing body have announced they will investigate the fiery clash.
Tensions boiled over in Argentina’s quarter-final clash with Argentina on Friday
Referee Mateu Lahoz awarded a record 17 yellow cards in the match
The Fifa Disciplinary Committee confirmed in a statement that it had launched an investigation into both teams after examining the referee’s match report.
The world leaders said: ‘The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against the Argentine Football Association for possible violations of Articles 12 (Misconduct by Players and Officials) and 16 (Order and Safety at Matches) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
‘Furthermore, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has initiated proceedings against the Dutch Football Association for possible breaches of Article 12 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code in relation to the same match.’
Allegations of team misconduct are common for picking up five yellow cards in a match, and disciplinary proceedings have been brought against Argentina and the Netherlands.
Argentina will likely receive a higher penalty for a separate interference charge.
Argentina’s players fight with the referee after he issues another caution to Argentina
We saw how the Argentine players provoked the Dutch team after the shootout
Referee Mateu Lahoz awarded a total of 17 yellow cards, ten of which went to Lionel Scaloni. After the match Emiliano Martinez hit out at the official’s “useless” performance with both parties being harmed by his decision.
Dutch right-back Denzel Dumfries was sent off after two yellow cards after the final whistle.
Tensions rose after Argentina’s reserves and coaches stormed the pitch in the late stages as the Netherlands scored two late goals to force extra time.
Both Messi and Martinez were also seen gesticulating and shouting at their Dutch opponents while doing post-match media duties.
Lionel Messi receives a card from a Spanish official during a World Cup match
It later turned out that Argentina’s antics were sparked by Dutch attempts at mind games when Lautaro Martinez stepped up to take his penalty. No less than four Dutch stars approached the striker before the spot kick, which he converted.
FIFA did not give a timetable for the rulings, which are not usually announced before a team’s next game at this World Cup.
Given that they have yet to make a decision on Uruguay’s punishment, they will likely make a decision after the tournament is over.
The Uruguayan side’s players had earlier met with officials following their elimination from the World Cup Edinson Cavani pushed over the VAR stand.
FIFA also confirmed that the Croatian FA has been fined CHF 50,000 for breaches of Article 16 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
The Uruguayan players chased the match referees in the tunnel in a furious fight
Argentina booked their place in the World Cup semi-finals – where they will face Croatia – after beating their European rivals on penalties.
After leading by two goals in regulation time, Argentina came back with a late goal from Wout Weghorst to send the game into extra time.
The Copa America champions won after Virigl van Dijk and Steven Berghuis saw their spot-kicks saved by Emiliano Martinez.
Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk watched Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez save his penalty.