FIFA Fined For Players Breaking 'Breaking Rules' During Sweden Game

The FA have been fined by the FIFA after they found England players guilty of breaking media and marketing rules during the World Cup quarter final victory over Sweden.

"Several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the World Cup quarter final match between Sweden and England," FIFA said in an official statement.

"Fifa had previously requested the Football Association to cease the activity that led to the sanction."

The punishment relates to Raheem Sterling, Eric Dier and Dele Alli, wearing socks that have not authorised by the world football governing body - and they are not happy that Trusox, who are an independent socks supplier from Devon, are getting free exposure.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The whole point of the sock support being to provide extra grip and comfort while they are on the pitch. The sports sock have anti-slip panels, wet-grip technology and maximum moisture wicking to give footballers that "snug feeling" according to the official Trusox website.

The piece of kit is extremely common in the game, with Luis Suarez, Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao and Gareth Bale some of the most high-profile players who wear them on a regular basis.

England's trio are on the Trusox hype, but they have now joined Sweden skipper Andreas Granqvist in getting themselves in hot water.

Image: PA
Image: PA

In addition to his Adidas football socks that all Sweden players wore, the veteran has also been sporting the special socks around the bottom part of his foot throughout his nation's World Cup run, including the game against England.

The fine is 70,000 Swiss Francs, which equates to just over £50,000. As per The Independent, the FA are likely to appeal and hope for a lesser fine.

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