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FIFA fines Argentina for showing protest banner before World Cup warm-up match with Slovenia

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ZURICH - FIFA fined and reprimanded the Argentine football association on Friday because its national team players were pictured with a political banner before a World Cup warm-up match in June.

FIFA imposed a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs ($33,000) — the second financial penalty this month for the World Cup finalists.

Several players stood behind the slogan "Las Malvinas son Argentinas" (The Falklands are Argentine) on the field at a June 7 friendly against Slovenia in Buenos Aires.

Argentina and Britain went to war in 1982 over the Falkland Islands, called the Malvinas in Spanish. The islands have been a British territory since 1833.

FIFA rules prohibit political statements at matches it controls.

At the World Cup, FIFA also ordered a 300,000 Swiss francs ($340,000) fine for failure to bring Argentina players to pre-match news conferences.

Still, FIFA is set to pay the Argentine federation $25 million in World Cup prize money.

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