July 6, 2018 / 3:48 PM / 12 days ago

FIFA sanctions Swedish FA for breach of media, marketing rules

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - FIFA has fined the Swedish Football Association 70,000 Swiss francs ($71,000) and warned it for breaching media and marketing regulations during the World Cup, the governing body said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: Raindrops flow down on a logo in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

FIFA said that it had previously asked the FA to stop displaying unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items but that members of the Sweden delegation continued doing so in their round of 16 victory against Switzerland.

The Swedish FA confirmed receiving the sanction about its kit and socks and said it had tried to take remedial action which FIFA did not accept.

“We will make further changes for the match against England and we are not going into the details of the complaint at this time, as we have left it in the hands of our lawyers,” a Swedish team spokesperson told Reuters.

Sweden meet England at Samara on Saturday for a place in the last four of the World Cup.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly and Philip O'Connor; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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