FIFA punishes 11 soccer federations for crowd trouble

ZURICH (AP) " FIFA says Chile has been banned from playing a World Cup qualifier at its national stadium and the country's soccer federation has been fined because of the repeated discriminatory and unsporting conduct of its fans.

In a Tuesday statement, FIFA says the ban applies for the March 28 game against Venezuela at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos in Santiago. The federation was fined 65,000 Swiss francs ($66,300) for two unspecified cases.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee also fined several other federations for crowd trouble: Honduras (65,000 Swiss francs), Albania (50,000), El Salvador (45,000), Italy (30,000), Mexico (30,000), Peru (30,000), Paraguay (25,000), Argentina (25,000), Canada (20,000) and Brazil (20,000).

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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