FIFA socks it to Eng­land, again

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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