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The FA are fined by FIFA for England players breaking rules during Sweden match

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England are preparing for their first World Cup semi-final since 1990.

Gareth Southgate’s side will take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in the hope to return there on Sunday afternoon to face France in the final.

Almost everything the Three Lions have done during the tournament has been perfect.

They won their first ever World Cup penalty shootout and even managed to find themselves on the ‘easy’ half of the draw after losing to Belgium in the group stage.

But despite a very comfortable 2-0 quarter-final victory against Sweden, it seems England broke FIFA rules and regulations.

In fact, the FA have been fined 70,000 Swiss Francs ($70,585) for what happened during Saturday’s victory.

So, what did they do wrong?

HOW ENGLAND PLAYERS BROKE RULES

Well, FIFA claim they “broke media and marketing rules” before and during the match in Samara.

"Several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the World Cup quarterfinal match between Sweden and England," FIFA said.

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FIFA added that the FA had previously been warned about breaking these specific rules earlier in the tournament.

While we’re not quite sure the specific details of FIFA’s annoyance, ESPN suggests it might have something to do with ankle socks worn over the normal kit socks or maybe even drinking from a wrong brand of water bottle.

ESPN write: “No specific details were given but Croatia and Sweden were previously fined because players wore unauthorised ankle socklets over their team kit or took a drink with a non-sponsors' logo onto the field.”

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England fans will just be hoping that's the only bit of bad news the FA receive from the World Cup today.

If they beat Croatia and progress to the World Cup final, the FA won’t care one little bit about that 70,000 Swiss Francs fine.

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