Argentina and Netherlands being investigated by FIFA after fiery quarter-final
Argentina and the Netherlands are being investigated by FIFA following Friday's fiery World Cup quarter-final.
South American champions Argentina prevailed 4-3 on penalties at Lusail Stadium, having earlier squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 as the game went the distance.
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz issued 15 cards to players who played a part in the game – the most in World Cup history, overtaking Cameroon versus Germany in 2002 (14).
Netherlands defender Denzel Dumfries was also shown a red card after the match.
There was a big flashpoint in the 89th minute when Leandro Paredes committed a foul on Nathan Ake and then booted the ball into the Netherlands' dugout.
Both sets of players and coaching staff squared off, though tensions again threatened to boil over in extra-time and also in the subsequent penalty shoot-out.
FIFA announced in a statement on Saturday that proceedings have been opened against the Argentinian Football Association and the Dutch Football Association.
The charge relates to a possible breach of article 12 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code – the misconduct of players and officials.
Lionel Scaloni's side are also being investigated over an additional potential breach of article 16, which relates to order and security at matches.
Argentina have won the most penalty shoot-outs of any side in World Cup history (five out of six), while only Spain have lost more than the Netherlands (one win from four).
Speaking after the game, Argentina superstar Lionel Messi criticised Spanish official Lahoz over his handling of the contest.
"I don't want to talk about the referee, because you can get a suspension, but people saw what happened," he said.
"FIFA have to look at that, they can't put in a referee who isn't up to the job at this stage."
Defenders Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna were among the players booked and will now serve a suspension in Tuesday's semi-final against Brazil's conquerors Croatia.