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Netherlands, Spain fined for WC final

03/08/2010 09:18:21 PM Comments (0)

The Netherlands and Spain have been fined by FIFA for their players' poor discipline in a bad-tempered World Cup final.

FIFA said on Tuesday the Dutch federation must pay $US14,480 ($A15,873.71) after eight different players received yellow cards, and defender John Heitinga was booked a second time and sent off.

English referee Howard Webb showed five yellow cards to Spain, getting its federation a $US9,650 ($A10,578.82) fine.

FIFA's disciplinary code has a clause on team misconduct calling for a federation to be fined when at least five of its players are sanctioned in a match.

Spain won 1-0 in the July 11 final in Johannesburg, on Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal after the Netherlands were reduced to 10 players.

The match set a record for most cards received in a World Cup final, beating the six yellows shown when Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in the 1986 final.

The final also was the worst behaved of the 64 matches played in South Africa. Chile and Switzerland players combined for nine yellows and a straight red card in a group-stage game.

FIFA paid Spain $30 million in prize money for winning the tournament, and the Netherlands was awarded $24 million as runner-up.

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