World Cup: Argentina fined £200,000 for player no-shows at press conferences

Image: Alejandro Sabella: Argentina boss was not accompanied by players at press conferences

FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association nearly £200,000 for failing to bring players to pre-match press conferences at the World Cup.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said that Argentina, who will play in the World Cup final against Germany 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.

Only coach Alejandro Sabella has appeared for Argentina at their last four news conferences.

FIFA said the purpose of the regulations is to "allow media, and ultimately fans, to have an opportunity to follow a team's preparations, while also allowing each team to have the best possible environment for those preparations."

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