FIFA takes back some money, and Del Bosque makes a choice
Both the Netherlands and Spain have been fined for the “excessive” number of cards they received in the World Cup final on July 11.
The Dutch football federation has to pay FIFA US$14,500 after eight players received nine yellow cards and one red one. Meanwhile, the RFEF owes FIFA the princely sum of US$9,650 for the five yellows its players received (including the one Andrés Ineista got for ripping off his shirt).
FIFA considers it “team misconduct” when at least five players from one side are carded in a match, leading to a fine of the federation. The 2010 final set a record for most cards.
But that money is just pocket change for the federations, considering that FIFA paid Spain US$30 million in prize money for winning the tournament, and the Netherlands received US$24 million as the runners-up.
I hope FIFA donates this money to charity.
Meanwhile, Vicente del Bosque will announce on Thursday the list of called-up players for the friendly against Mexico on Aug. 11 (the team will fly out on Aug. 9). Out of all the players on the World Cup winning team, only Javi Martínez is ineligible, due to his participation in the U-21 Euro qualifiers.
However, the coach faces some tough decisions, as the majority of the players are either still on vacation or have just returned to their club teams, meaning that they are not match fit. In addition, the first leg of the Supercopa de España between Sevilla and Barcelona will take place on Aug. 14, only three days after the friendly (Sevilla had one player in the World Cup, while Barcelona had eight).