World Cup Qualifiers: FIFA releases details of disciplinary sanctions

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Qatar is gearing up to host the FIFA World Cup 2022
Qatar is gearing up to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The World governing body for football, FIFA has published the details of disciplinary action against more than 50 teams for their unfair conduct during the World Cup qualifiers. The action has been initiated for the incidents that took place during the September and October windows of the preliminary competition for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, FIFA has reported.

“In line with FIFA’s zero-tolerance stance against discrimination and violence in football, a number of member associations have been punished due to discriminatory behaviour by their respective supporters,” FIFA reported on its official website while releasing the list of the team which have been punished.

The action ranges from players’ indiscipline to racism and misconduct by the national sports federations.

A list of rulings by the disciplinary committee of the governing body of world football included the details of Hungary’s punishment for racism by supporters and breaches of security including smoke bombs and blocked staircases in matches against England and Andorra.

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The teams have also been punished over big number of yellow cards to their players.

Hungary has been hit with two home matches behind closed doors, one suspended, an away match without travelling supporters, and fines totalling 281,000 Swiss francs (266,000 euros).

Albania, Mexico, Panama also have to play home matches behind closed doors while Polish fans are banned from one away game. Argentina, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras, Montenegro, Peru must all play games with “a limited number of spectators”.

Argentina also received a warning because their match against Bolivia kicked off late and was fined 30,000 Swiss francs, in addition to the fan ban, because of the “discriminatory behaviour” of fans when Uruguay visited. Andorra was among seven teams fined for amassing yellow cards after they collected six against England.

Other punishments include a 2,000 Swiss-franc fine for world champions France because supporters were not wearing masks during the 1-1 home draw with Bosnia-Herzegovina in early September in Strasbourg. Kazakhstan was fined because fans displayed a banner for Second World War soldiers from the Soviet Union who fought for the Nazis. Moldova was punished because a drone interrupted the national anthems before the match against Austria.

FIFA is maintaining a zero tolerance policy over indiscipline and misconduct by players, fans and national sports federations.

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