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Argentina fined for 'homophobic and insulting chants' during defeat to Croatia

Fifa said there were a range of incidents during the Group D clash.

THE ARGENTINE FOOTBALL Association (AFA) has been hit with a £80,085 fine for “homophobic and insulting chants” in their World Cup defeat to Croatia.

Argentina were beaten 3-0 in the Group D clash, with an error from goalkeeper Willy Caballero setting up a sensational upset for Lionel Messi’s side.

Fifa confirmed in a statement on Monday that the AFA has been sanctioned for a range of incidents during the defeat, which leaves Argentina on the brink of an early exit.

The punishment was handed out “for the involvement of Argentinian supporters in fights, throwing objects and homophobic and insulting chants”.

In addition, Fifa said the AFA had breached the media and marketing regulations by “failing to attend a flash interview after the match”.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) was previously fined £7,616 for “discriminatory and insulting chants” during a 1-0 win over world champions Germany.

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