By Karolos Grohmann
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Swedish and Croatian Football Associations were fined 50,000 Swiss francs each by FIFA on Friday for breaches by some of their players of the global soccer body’s marketing and media regulations regarding equipment.
Sweden, who have already returned home from the World Cup after being eliminated, were fined for the same offense prior to their quarter-final defeat to England.
The Swedish FA had confirmed at the time that it had received the sanction about its kit and socks.
“Despite having been previously requested to cease the activity that led to the breach and receiving a sanction on 6 July 2018, one member of the Swedish national team (as opposed to several players in the previous case) displayed unauthorized commercial branding on playing equipment items during the … quarter-final match between Sweden and England,” FIFA said.
World Cup finalists Croatia, who face France at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, were also fined.
“A fine of CHF 50,000 and a warning to the Croatian Football Federation for breaching the Media and Marketing Regulations and the FIFA Equipment Regulations,” FIFA said.
“In particular and despite having been previously requested by FIFA to cease the activity that led to the breach and receiving a sanction on 5 July 2018, one member of the Croatian national team displayed unauthorized commercial branding on playing equipment items during the … semi-final match between Croatia and England,” it said.
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