FIFA disciplines Argentina over Malvinas banner

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Argentine team ahead of a friendly match against Slovenia.

“FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Argentinian Football Association,” The Guardian said on June 14, after Argentinian players displayed a banner before a June 8 friendly against Slovenia insisting the Malvinas (known as the Falkland Islands in Britain) belonged to Argentina.

The Malvinas are claimed by Britain, which fought a 1982 war against Argentina to keep control over the south Atlantic archipelago. However, Argentina is backed by other Latin American nations in its claim to the islands, which were first occupied by Britain in 1833.

FIFA said in a statement it had opened “disciplinary proceedings based on an apparent breach of article 60 of the Fifa stadium and security regulations (‘prevention of provocative and aggressive actions’) and article 52 of the FIFA disciplinary code (‘team misconduct’).”

From GLW issue 1013