FIFA socks it to England, again
FIFA fined England 70,000 Swiss francs ($69,900) for a second time at the World Cup for players wearing non-approved socks.
FIFA said it also warned England’s Football Association for the misconduct of a small number of fans singing “political chants” during its semifinals loss on Wednesday.
At the same game against Croatia, two England players wore a type of branded sock FIFA has cracked down on at this tournament.
FIFA says the “unauthorized commercial branding” repeated a previous offense in England’s quarterfinals win against Sweden. That also resulted in a 70,000 Swiss francs fine.
The fines had nothing to do with the holey socks Danny Rose wore in the third-place game against Belgium. Those holes generated plenty of online debate during England’s World Cup third-place playoff against Belgium.
FIFA doesn’t seem to have a rule against holey socks. Some speculated the holes – which were relatively round and in both socks – were designed to prevent cramps. There’s no scientific evidence for that.