World Cup 2018: FIFA Fines HNS, Sends Warning for Future Fan Incidents

Daniela Rogulj

The International Football Federation (FIFA) has penalized the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) for 13,000 Swiss francs due to several incidents by Croatia supporters during the match against Argentina.

FIFA has thus punished HNS for Croatia supporters participating in fights and throwing items onto the pitch. In addition to the financial punishment, HNS also received a warning, so new incidents would certainly bear a larger punishment, reports on June 26, 2018. 

FIFA has already punished the Argentina Football Federation with 105,000 Swiss francs for the unsportsmanlike behavior of their fans in the game against Croatia. The Argentinians threw firecrackers, sent homophobic messages, and attacked a group of Croatian fans at the stadium, while the Federation was also sentenced for their player’s failure to appear in front of journalists.

The International Football Federation also imposed a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs for Swiss footballers Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri for unsportsmanlike conduct in the match against Serbia, while the Swiss captain Stephan Lichtsteiner received a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs.

Xhaka and Shaqiri have been penalized for their celebration displaying a double-headed eagle, similar to the one on the Albanian flag. They will all be able to compete in the next match against Costa Rica, although some media had revealed they would get a two-game ban. 

FIFA also punished the Serbian Football Federation with 54,000 Swiss francs “due to the inappropriate transparencies and messages” of their fans, while the President of the Federation, Slaviša Kokeza, and coach Mladen Krstajić received a 5,000 Swiss francs fine for their comments against the referee. 


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