FIFA opens disciplinary case against Lionel Messi’s Argentina

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Lionel Messi was among a World Cup record 17 players or coaching staff members who were shown yellow cards during or after the game.

FIFA opened a disciplinary case against Argentina for its players’ actions following their ill-tempered World Cup quarterfinal match against the Netherlands.

The Argentina football federation was charged after the football regulatory body highlighted "order and security at matches" in its disciplinary rule.

A World Cup record 17 players or coaching staff members were given yellow cards during or after the game, including Lionel Messi.

Messi clearly understood that criticising Mateu Lahoz too harshly could result in punishment, so he reined himself in a bit.

We were terrified before the game because we knew what was coming [with Mateu Lahoz], but I don't want to talk about referees because then they would punish you, Messi stated.

When the Dutch scored two late goals to force overtime, the game became heated and Argentina's substitutes and coaches encroached on the field