Fifa has suspended Germany midfielder Torsten Frings for Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final against Italy, because of his involvement in the brawl that followed his team’s shootout win over Argentina.Frings has been given a two-match ban, but the second match is suspended meaning he will be available for the World Cup final, if Germany qualify.
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann said before the verdict that he was confident Frings would be cleared, saying Argentina were responsible for the violence.
“I don’t think we were the culprits. He should be in the line-up on Tuesday,” Klinsmann said.
Football’s governing body is considering action against officials of both teams and cases have already been opened against two Argentine players. Leandro Cufre was shown the red card for his part in the fracas, and a Fifa spokesman revealed that Maxi Rodriguez may be punished for an “apparent attack on Bastien Schweinsteiger”.