FIFA Takes Action After Disturbances in Brazil vs. Argentina Qualifier
FIFA has initiated disciplinary proceedings following the crowd disturbances that led to a delay in the World Cup qualifier between Brazil and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium, as announced by soccer's global governing body on Friday.
Disruptions erupted among Brazil and Argentina fans behind one of the goals during the national anthems at Thursday's match, leading to a police charge at the traveling supporters with drawn batons. The visiting world champions, led by captain Lionel Messi, attempted to calm the situation by engaging with the crowd before eventually leaving the pitch for over 10 minutes.
In an official statement, FIFA confirmed that its Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against both the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) and the Argentinian Football Association (AFA). Argentina faces potential disciplinary action for alleged breaches of 'Articles 17.2 and 14.5' of the FIFA disciplinary code, pertaining to crowd disturbance and delayed kick-off, respectively.
Furthermore, FIFA stated that Brazil is under investigation for potential violations of 'Article 17,' which concerns maintaining order and security during matches. Despite the significant delay, the game eventually commenced, and Argentina secured a 1-0 victory with a 63rd-minute header from defender Nicolas Otamendi.