FIFA warns Argentina over Falklands tribute

ESPNsoccernet staff
February 14, 2012
Football's governing body has warned Argentina's FA © Getty Images

FIFA has warned the Argentina Football Association that the move to rename its top league after the General Belgrano cruiser sunk during the Falklands War may breach rules on political involvement with football.

It was announced last week that the country's domestic league will be known as the Crucero General Belgrano First Division.

FIFA, the game's world governing body, has now written to the Argentina FA for clarification and pointed out the rules.

A FIFA statement said: "FIFA has contacted the Argentinian FA (AFA) with regards to a potential change of name of the Liga de Primera Division. According to media reports, the league was set to be named after 'Crucero General Belgrano'.

"FIFA has requested the AFA to provide further information on this matter, and reminded the AFA of Art. 3 of the FIFA Statutes which prohibits any kind of discrimination against a country, private person or group of people on account of ethnic origin, gender, language, religion, politics or any other reason.

"A potential change of name of the Liga de Primera Division would clearly infringe the above mentioned article and could be sanctioned in accordance with the FIFA Statutes.''

The General Belgrano was sunk by a Royal Navy submarine with the loss of 323 Argentine lives in 1982.

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