Spain, Netherlands fined by Fifa

Wednesday August 4 2010

World Cup winners Spain and their opponents Netherlands have been fined by Fifa for their players’ poor discipline in July’s final. Football’s governing body fined the Dutch federation £9,080 while the Spanish association must pay £6,053. English referee Howard Webb booked eight Dutch players and sent off defender John Heitinga in a bad tempered final in South Africa. Spain, who won the game 1-0 after extra-time, had five players booked.

Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong was one of the players booked for a ‘Kung Fu’ kick on Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso which received world-wide condemnation. De Jong planted his studs into Alonso’s chest, leaving the Real Madrid star needing treatment before he was able to continue playing. Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff also launched a scathing attack on Netherlands’ display in the final, deriding it as “anti-football”.“Sadly, they played very dirty,” Cruyff told Spanish newspaper El Periodico.