FIFA open investigation into Argentina’s ‘offensive behaviour’ during World Cup final win over France and launch proceedings on Croatia’s alleged fascist songs

    FIFA have opened proceedings against Argentina for ‘offensive behaviour’ during their World Cup final win over France in Qatar.

    The sports governing body have launched an investigation after a number of flashpoints, namely Emiliano Martinez’s lewd gesture with the Golden Glove trophy.

    Martinez had a little bit too much fun after the win

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    Martinez had a little bit too much fun after the win

    And continued mocking Mbappe long after the final whistle

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    And continued mocking Mbappe long after the final whistle

    The proceedings revolve around ‘possible violations of articles 11 (offensive behaviour and violation of the principles of fair play) and 12 (misconduct of players and officials),’ a FIFA statement said.

    Aston Villa’s Martinez, a hero in the victorious shoot-out after the teams tied 3-3, was booked for his antics during the spot-kicks, and continued after the game had finished.

    His gesture with the Golden Glove trophy before the World Cup was handed out quickly went viral, and he continued to taunt France and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe in the dressing room post-match, and also during a victory parade back home.

    Along with champions Argentina, Croatia are also under investigation for ‘discrimination’ offences after a selection of players allegedly sung a song with fascist undertones after their third-place play-off win over Morocco.

    Defender Dejan Lovren was forced to deny those claims upon returning to France with Lyon in the January transfer window.

    “They distort in a negative way at once without referring to the right song,” he said. “This has nothing to do with fascism.

    Croatia are also under investigation

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    Croatia are also under investigation

    “For me, it is a patriotic song about my country, which means that I love my country.”

    Nevertheless, FIFA have opened an investigation on ‘potential violations of articles 13 (discrimination) and 16 (order and security at matches) of the FIA disciplinary code’.

    Three other World Cup nations have also received sanctions, with Serbia, Ecuador and Mexico’s football associations fined for songs sung by their supporters.

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