FIFA bans four Uruguay players over World Cup incidents
FIFA suspends four Uruguay players over misconduct after their World Cup match against Ghana.
Four Uruguay players, including Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin, have been suspended over incidents that occurred after the team's World Cup match against Ghana, FIFA announced on Friday.
In addition, the Uruguayan football federation was penalized 50,000 Swiss francs ($54,248) and handed a partial stadium closure for their next home match over the "discriminatory behavior of its supporters" and the "misconduct" of the players.
The refereeing decisions incensed Uruguay during their 2-0 win over Ghana in their final group match in Qatar last December.
They would have advanced to the round of 16 with a three-goal victory, but they were dramatically knocked out.
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Players chased referee Daniel Siebert after the match, while Cavani punched the pitchside VAR monitor.
Both defender Jose Maria Gimenez and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera were banned for four matches, fined 20,000 Swiss francs, and given "community football service".
Each of the veterans Cavani and Godin was given a one-match ban. They were fined 15,000 Swiss francs and will have to perform community service.