Argentina Football Association has been fined nearly £200,000 by FIFA for failing to bring players to pre-match press conferences at the World Cup.
FIFA said the purpose of the regulation is to allow media, and ultimately fans, to have an opportunity to follow their team’s preparations, while also allowing each team to have the best possible environment for those preparations.
The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said that Argentina, who will play Germany in the World Cup final at the Estadio do Maracana, Rio De Janeiro on Sunday, had breached the competition’s media and marketing regulations.
The rules require teams to bring at least one player along with the coach to official news conferences held one day in advance of each match.
But only Argentina coach, Alejandro Sabella has appeared for the South American team’s last four press conferences, deemed a violation by the World football governing body, FIFA.