first_imgFIFA have launched investigations into possible discriminatory chanting by England supporters during the World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday.FIFA did not give any details of the chanting but said it had received a report from observers at the match at the Luzhniki Stadium which Croatia won 2-1 after extra time.”We can confirm that a report has been filed through the anti-discrimination monitoring system in relation to chants of a possible discriminatory nature by English fans at yesterday’s match,” FIFA said in a statement on Thursday.”Subsequently, disciplinary proceedings have been opened against the Football Association… As proceedings are ongoing, please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEFIFA has employed teams of specialist observers at all World Cup matches to detect possible racist and homophobic chanting and banners at matches.ENGLAND FINED FOR BREACHING MARKETING RULES England were fined 70,000 Swiss Francs ($70,585.9) and Uruguay were given a 50,000 Swiss Francs sanction for breaking media and marketing rules during the World Cup.”Several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the World Cup quarter-final match between Sweden and England,” world soccer’s governing body said.READ – Harry Kane ‘gutted’ as England fail to bring it homeFIFA added that the Football Association had previously been asked to desist.No specific details were given but Croatia and Sweden were previously fined because players wore unauthorised ankle socklets over their team kit or took a drink with a non-sponsors’ logo onto the field.advertisementREAD – FIFA warns broadcasters for focusing on womenUruguay were fined for a similar offence plus for arriving late for one of their matches, which FIFA did not detail.”In particular, only one member of the Uruguayan national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items during the quarter-final match between Uruguay and France,” it added.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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