Russia’s soccer federation has been fined by FIFA because a fan displayed a neo-Nazi banner at a World Cup game.
As reported by AP, FIFA’s disciplinary panel ordered the Russians to pay 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) for a “discriminatory banner” at the team’s 3-0 defeat by Uruguay in Samara.
The banner included the number 88, which is recognised as far-right code for “Heil Hitler” because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet.
In a separate case, FIFA fined Serbia’s federation for a second time at the World Cup for fans displaying a Chetnik banner celebrating a World War II nationalist group.
Morocco’s soccer federation was fined 65,00 Swiss francs ($65,650), and FIFA also warned winger Noureddine Amrabat for misconduct after a late Spain goal cost the team a group-stage victory.
Amrabat directed an obscene comment about FIFA’s video review system at a television camera minutes after a stoppage-time goal by Spain forward Iago Aspas was allowed to stand in the 2-2 draw at Kaliningrad.