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FIFA to open disciplinary proceedings against Uruguay following shocking scenes after World Cup exit

GOAL logo GOAL 05-12-2022 Mitchell Wilks
Uruguay players dejected 2022 © Getty Uruguay players dejected 2022
  • Uruguay face disciplinary proceedings from FIFA
  • 4 players and association to be punished
  • Desperate scenes vs Ghana after WC exit

WHAT HAPPENED? As Uruguay's World Cup campaign came to an end, there were ugly scenes on the full-time whistle. Players swarmed officials following the win over Ghana, incensed over penalty decisions that weren't given in their favour and ultimately aided in their group stage exit on goal difference. As a result, FIFA will open disciplinary proceedings against their Football Association and four players involved - Jose Maria Gimenez, Edinson Cavani, Fernando Muslera and Diego Godin.

Uruguay player protests 2022 © Getty Uruguay player protests 2022

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The outbursts after the game's conclusion have resulted in the four players all potentially being punished for breaches of FIFA's disciplinary codes for offensive behaviour and misconduct. The Uruguayan FA is accused of breaching the same code, as well as a potential discrimination breach.

AND WHAT'S MORE: With South Korea pulling off a shock victory against Portugal elsewhere in Group H, a 2-0 victory wasn't enough to see Uruguay over the line and into the knockout stages. They had several claims for a penalty waved off, including a challenge on Darwin Nunez that was inspected heavily by VAR before not being given. Players and staff were furious at the full-time whistle, flooding the pitch-side areas and berating officials, including one instance of an assistant being manhandled.

Edinson Cavani referee Uruguay 2022 © Getty Edinson Cavani referee Uruguay 2022


WHAT NEXT FOR URUGUAY? For many of their brightest stars over the years, the 2022 World Cup was Uruguay's last chance at glory. Manager Diego Alonso is now braced to rebuild without veterans Cavani, Godin and Luis Suarez.

Fernando Muslera referee Uruguay 2022 © Getty Fernando Muslera referee Uruguay 2022

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