World Cup 2022: FIFA Charges Argentina for Disorder After Netherlands Game

World Cup 2022: FIFA Charges Argentina for Disorder After Netherlands Game

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:19 PM
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  • FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against Argentina following the fracas that ensued in the aftermath of their quarterfinal victory against the Netherlands
  • Players of both the Netherlands and Argentina were involved in a melee during and after the knockout game at the Lusial Stadium
  • Argentina are set to face Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup after scaling past the hurdles of the Netherlands via penalties

Argentina could be facing the FIFA hammer following the melee that occurred in their World Cup quarterfinal victory against the Netherlands on Friday, December 9.

FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against the South American champions for its players' actions in the match that had 18 yellow cards issued by the centre referee.

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The Netherlands and Argentina players were involved in a melee which resulted in 18 players and staff receiving yellow cards from the referee. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana
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According to TSN, the football governing body cited “order and security at matches” in its disciplinary code for charging the Argentina football federation.

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FIFA revealed that Argentina and the Netherlands have both had disciplinary investigations launched after receiving five yellow cards in a single game.

Both Argentina and the Netherlands risk receiving the same $16,000 fine that Saudi Arabia received twice from FIFA's disciplinary panel for team misconduct at this World Cup.

Why Argentina’s players taunted the Netherlands

Meanwhile, some remarkable aerial footage of the final moments of the penalty shoot-out between Argentina and the Netherlands which caused the melee has emerged, Give Me Sport reports.

The footage appears to show why Argentina’s players taunted their opponents after Lautaro Martinez converted the winning penalty.

As Martinez went to take the penalty, Dutch forward Luuk de Jong appeared to say something to the forward which infuriated the entire Argentina team and triggered their overzealous celebrations.

Messi slams Van Gaal after fiery Netherlands tie

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Lionel Messi was incensed with Netherlands Head Coach Louis Van Gaal after a highly-tempered World Cup quarterfinal match.

Argentina beat the Netherlands on post-match penalties to set up a semifinal date with Croatia but the game was marred by ugly confrontations.

Nahuel Molina and Messi had put Argentina on their way with a goal in each half only for Wout Weghorst to score a late brace to restore parity. Argentina's goalkeeper Emi Martinez saved two spot-kicks to help his side go through.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..