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Messi’s World Cup Rule Breaches: Will He Be Punished?

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
10th December 2022
Messi’s World Cup Rule Breaches: Will He Be Punished?
FIFA is investigating Argentina's 2022 World Cup misbehavior (Getty)

According to media reports, FIFA will punish Lionel Messi after Argentina's World Cup 2022 match against the Netherlands on December 9.

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Will FIFA Penalize Lionel Messi?

The International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has launched an investigation into Argentina's national team players' behavior during their 2022 World Cup quarter-final match against the Netherlands.

Due to the Argentine national team's actions, which may have violated Article 12 on player misconduct and Article 16 on match order and security, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to review the match and open an investigation.

Furthermore, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee launched an investigation into the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) for possible violations of FIFA Disciplinary Code Article 12 in relation to the match.

The International Football Association did not specify the nature of the potential penalties for the players, nor did it set a deadline for the rulings.

FIFA could fine the Dutch and Argentine federations for misconduct during the match, with Argentina getting a larger fine due to its players.

Players from Argentina and the Netherlands Argue

The Argentina-Netherlands match featured verbal and physical brawls between the two teams' players, particularly among the Argentine national team players.

Emiliano Martinez, the Argentine goalkeeper, called referee Matthew Lahoz "useless."

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Argentina Beat the Netherlands

Argentina faced the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup 2022 on December 9 at Lusail Stadium.

The Argentine national team won on penalties to advance to the World Cup Qatar semi-finals. 

Following their victory, Argentina will face the Croatian national team on December 13.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

For the first time in World Cup history, the tournament is being held in an Arab country.

This is Asia's second World Cup, following the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

The tournament, which began on November 20 and is expected to last until December 18, will feature 32 teams.

Misbar's Sources


The Washington Post 


The Sun

The Athletic