The four British soccer federations were fined Monday for displaying poppies at World Cup qualifying matches in November to honor their war dead. England’s federation must pay 45,000 Swiss francs ($43,800) for the “display of a political symbol” at a home match against Scotland on Nov. 11. Scotland was fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,500). In other decisions, Romania was punished for a firework thrown at Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, Greece was fined for a fan banner against Bosnia-Herzegovina which referred to the Srebrenica massacre, and Chile was sanctioned again because of the anti-gay slurs chanted by its fans.
More than half the South American teams competing to reach the World Cup in 2018 have been fined this year for the behaviour of their supportersFifa has levied more than £1.4m of fines on national football associations during 2016, including those issued to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for displaying poppies during Novembers World Cup qualifying matches. The FA has announced it is appealing against the fine.The country fined the most for repeated misbehaviour in 2016 was Chile, punished by Fifa on four occasions for homophobic chanting by their fans during qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. The chanting has cost them 195,000 Swiss francs (£153,180).
Fifa hit Chile with a two-match stadium ban and a 30,000 Swiss franc ($29,000/28,000 euros) fine on Monday for a fresh bout of homophobic chanting by their fans. The Copa America champions are barred from playing at their Santiago home stadium for matches against Paraguay and Ecuador next year. This is the eighth time since October 2015 that Chile has been sanctioned by Fifa for similar homophobic incidents by their supporters.