The World Cup ruling of the FIFA Disciplinary Tribunal is not always easy to understand.
For players wearing unapproved socks, the Swedish team received a fine of 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,700). When a player brought a non-sponsored drink to the court, Croatia suffered the same fine.
However, the neo-Nazi flags of Russian fans and the nationalist symbols of the Serbian Second World War era were waved on the court, with a fine of only 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100), paid by their national football institutions, which are responsible for the fans in the competition. Misconduct in the middle.
Business rules seem to be enforced more strictly than bad behavior, and Argentina’s great Diego Maradona seems to enjoy his own unique code of conduct.
The FIFA-paid ambassador Maradona used Facebook to explain the allegations of racism and offense on the VIP seat, which had previously led the football world governing body to ban players.
Sometimes, the priorities and consistency of FIFA decisions may seem like a strange form of World Cup justice. Even before the World Cup, FIFA was criticized by anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out because they prioritized commercial interests rather than eliminating racism from the campaign.
But sports law expert James Kiki said that FIFA’s approach makes sense, because the World Cup depends on exclusive offers paid by sponsors and broadcasters.
Kitching, head of sports law at the Asian Football Confederation, told the Associated Press: “Financial sanctions in commercial cases are always important because exclusive operations are millions of dollars that Coca-Cola or Adidas pays for.”
Sweden and Croatia were fined $70,000, after FIFA repeatedly issued a warning.
“This is a sensible solution,” Kitching spoke of a huge fine. “If they are not seen as protecting it (sponsor exclusivity), they put everything at risk.”
During the 2010 World Cup, FIFA had the strongest response to the European brewery’s exclusive rights to challenge Budweiser.
In a competition in Johannesburg, a group of women sat together with orange mini dresses in the colors of the brewery. The case was revoked and only the brewery promised not to try similar stunts in the future World Cup.
Still, these cases may make FIFA seem more worried about the commercial threat of its $6 billion World Cup revenue, rather than the offensive fan behavior.
FIFA rejected a proposal that 70,000 Swiss francs ($70,700) is the benchmark for breaking business rules.
So far, FIFA has imposed a fine of up to 482,000 Swiss francs ($487,000) on the Russian Disciplinary Committee.
The federal and players must pay an additional six-figure amount for a mandatory fine for live action. The team will pay 15,000 Swiss francs ($15,150) for five yellow cards in the game, and subsequent bookings will increase by 3,000 Swiss francs ($3,300), including Argentina, Colombia and Morocco.
The Argentine team will participate in the World Cup free throw for the second time in a row, even though it has withdrawn from the top 16.
The fans defeated the team against the Croatian team with a score of 3 to 0 and fined 105,000 Swiss francs ($106,000). Several men were shooting shocks and wearing Croatian fans in the grandstand. fan.
Four years ago, Argentine officials violated media rules because they did not allow players to participate in a pre-competition press conference held at the stadium. In order to despise the warning and repeat the attack in four consecutive games, FIFA fined Argentina 300,000 Swiss francs ($303,000).
“Media obligations are part of the game,” Kitching said. “This is why broadcast rights holders pay for this – this access.”
FIFA’s development budget is increased by hundreds of millions of dollars each year to settle payments for disciplinary cases.
Skeptics may point out that the fines helped the “related development projects” cited by FIFA last year to explain Maradona’s new ambassador’s duties. After years of public bickering with the former leaders of FIFA, this often unstable Argentine returned and the consequences were easily seen in Russia.
In FIFA’s official radio show, Maradona’s two-handed middle finger gesture celebrates Argentina’s last goal against Nigeria. In the World Cup qualifier last year, England’s Dele Alli took a similar stance, and FIFA prohibited him from participating in the next qualifier.
In the short and fierce World Cup finals, the influence of players is forbidden.
FIFA refused to ban Swiss players Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri in Russia. Its rules suggest a mandatory two-game ban that may be used to celebrate the goal with Albanian eagle gestures and may provoke rival Serbian fans. Both players were fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100).
Croatian defender Domagoj Vida was warned on Sunday of a social media post to comment on Ukraine after helping his team knock out Russia in the quarterfinals.