Sports News of Fri, 11 Jul 20142
Argentina fined by Fifa for press conference snubs
The Argentinian Football Association have been fined almost €250,000 for failing to bring players to four separate press conferences.
All teams competing at World Cup 2014 are required to have at least one member of the playing staff join their coach for the events.
However pre-match press conferences for Argentina’s matches against Nigeria, Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands were all attended only by coach Alejandro Sabella.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a fine of CHF 300,000 and pronounced a reprimand against the Argentina FA,” Fifa said.
"Disciplinary proceedings were opened after Argentina turned up to three consecutive Match Day -1 news conferences in the stadium with only the head coach present instead of the required head coach plus at least one player.”
“The objective of the said regulations,” Fifa added, “is to allow media, and ultimately fans, to have an opportunity to follow a team’s preparations, while also allowing each team to have the best possible environment for those preparations.”
On Thursday Maxi Rodriguez and Sergio Aguero attended a media conference ahead of Argentina's first World Cup final in 24 years.
Sabella's side will meet Germany at the Maracana on Sunday.