Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

FIFA has decided to open probe a day after some ugly scenes unfolded on Friday during the quarter final match between Argentina and Netherlands in the ongoing World Cup in Qatar.

As per sources, players from both Argentina and Netherlands are likely to face disciplinary action following the incident at the Lusail Stadium.

Towards the end of the match, Leandro Paredes committed a nasty foul on Dutch defender Nathan Ake and then slammed the ball into the Netherlands’ dugout. The incident saw players and technical staff from both teams involved in pushing and shoving. Subsequently, hostilities were resumed after Wout Weghorst equalised for the Netherlands in the 10th minute of injury time.  

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against the Argentinian Football Association due to potential breaches of articles 12 (Misconduct of players and officials) and 16 (Order and security at matches) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the Netherlands vs Argentina FIFA World Cup match that took place on December 9,” FIFA released in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands also have to face an investigation for potential breaches of article 12 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code in connection with the same match.

The match was won by Argentina on penalties after the team surrendered a 2-0 lead to a late Dutch fightback.