Fifa fines na­tions over fan be­hav­iour

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no con­trol. I was in two places where I wasn’t happy and this was the prob­lem.”— ESPNFC. FIFA has im­posed sanc­tions on 11 foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tions for un­sport­ing and dis­crim­i­na­tory con­duct by their fans dur­ing 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers.

Hon­duras, El Sal­vador, Mex­ico, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Ar­gentina, Paraguay, Peru, Italy and Al­ba­nia have all re­ceived fines.

Chile have also been or­dered to play their qual­i­fier against Venezuela on 28 March 2017 be­hind closed doors.

This is be­cause it is their sec­ond in­fringe­ment this year.

In May, they were banned from play­ing at the Es­ta­dio Na­cional Julio Martinez Pradanos in San­ti­ago for two matches and fined 30 000 Swiss Francs (£24 004) as a re­sult of ho­mo­pho­bic chants from sup­port­ers, with the sec­ond sus­pen­sion sus­pended for a year.

Some of the re­cent in­ci­dents by fans of the 11 na­tions in­cluded ho­mo­pho­bic chants.

The fines range from 65 000 Swiss Francs (£52 009), given to Hon­duras for two cases, to the 20 000 Swiss Francs (£16 002) for Brazil and Canada.— BBC.

Mario Balotelli

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