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Holland and Spain fined for ugly WC final

FIFA said Tuesday the Dutch federation must pay 15,000 Swiss francs after eight different players received yellow cards, and defender John Heitinga was booked a second time and sent off. English referee Howard Webb showed five yellow cards to Spain, getting its federation a 10,000 Swiss francs.

sports Updated: Aug 03, 2010 23:59 IST

The Netherlands and Spain have been fined by FIFA for their players' poor discipline in a bad-tempered World Cup final.

FIFA said Tuesday the Dutch federation must pay 15,000 Swiss francs ($14,480; euro10,900) after eight different players received yellow cards, and defender John Heitinga was booked a second time and sent off.

English referee Howard Webb showed five yellow cards to Spain, getting its federation a 10,000 Swiss francs ($9,650; euro7,300) fine. FIFA's disciplinary code has a clause on team misconduct calling for a federation to be fined when at least five of its players are sanctioned in a match.

Spain won 1-0 in the July 11 final, on Andres Iniesta's extra-time goal after the Netherlands were reduced to 10 players.