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Spain and Holland Punished for Aggressive World Cup Final

Daniel GoochAnalyst IAugust 3, 2010

World Cup finalists Spain and Holland have been been punished with a fine by FIFA for their players' poor behaviour in the final.

The sport's governing body has fined the Dutch FA £9,080, while the Spanish FA were fined £6,053.

Howard Webb, the English referree in charge of the final, was told he gave out too many cards by some people, and not enough by others. However, the overall judgement is that he officiated the game just right.

He booked eight Dutch players and sent one off—defender John Heitinga—while Spain had five players booked in a game. 

Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong was booked for his "Kung Fu" flying kick on Spain's Xabi Alonso (picture above). This was one of a few mistakes referee Webb made. 

De Jong planted his boot into Alonso's chest, leaving the player needing treatment. Alonso later called it "one of the worst tackles" he had received.

Dutch football legend Johan Cruyff was appalled by his country's display. He lashed out at the team describing them as playing in an "anti-football" manner.

He launched an attack on them saying, "Sadly, they played very dirty. 

"This ugly, vulgar, hard, hermetic, hardly eye-catching, hardly football style...If with this they got satisfaction, fine, but they lost."

The match set a record for most cards given in a World Cup final. This beat the 1986 final between Argentina and West Germany where six yellow cards where shown. 

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