Oranje and La Roja fined by FIFA

FIFA has fined both Spain and Netherlands for poor discipline during the World Cup Final. The FIFA World Cup 2010 Final had many records but mostly were for misconduct, which included the record for most cards in a match in this year’s World Cup and the most cards in a World Cup Final, 14. FIFA has decided to take actions against the anti-footballing tactics of both Spain and Holland in the Final by fining each.


Spain won the match 1-0 in extra-time to lift the trophy, but it was marred by some disgraceful challenges, most notably Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong’s kung-fu style high kick into the chest of Xabi Alonso in the first half (as seen in the picture above). The Dutch have received a £9,000 fine for their conduct in the match, which saw Johnny Heitinga sent off in extra-time for a second bookable offence. The Spanish received a £6,000 charge, due to Fifa’s disciplinary code having a clause on team misconduct calling for a federation to be fined when at least five of its players are sanctioned in a match.

The match set a record for most cards received in a World Cup final, beating the six yellows shown when Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in the 1986 final. The final was also the worst behaved of the 64 matches played in South Africa. Chile and Switzerland players combined for nine yellows and a straight red card in a group stage game.

Fifa paid Spain £18.8million (€22.6 million) in prize money for winning the tournament, and the Netherlands were awarded £15million (€18.1million) as runners-up, but it would have to take some of this back.

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