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Torsten Frings suspended for FIFA World Cup™ semi-final

Torsten Frings suspended for World Cup semi-final – second match suspension on probation

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee today served a two-match suspension on German international Torsten Frings. Given the fact that he had previously been provoked by his opponents, the second match suspension is subject to a six-month probationary period. Depending on the result of the semi-final between Germany and Italy on 4 July 2006, Frings may therefore play in the final or in the play-off for third place. The Disciplinary Committee also imposed a fine of CHF 5,000 on Frings. The committee's decision is final.

The committee ruled that it had been proved that Frings had punched Argentine international Julio Cruz immediately after the World Cup quarter-final between Germany and Argentina on 30 June 2006. In the opinion of the committee, this action was tantamount to an assault.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee launched its investigation into Torsten Frings' actions after pictures shown on television on Sunday afternoon. As part of the proceedings, the German football association (DFB) and the accused player were requested to comment and to cite any mitigating evidence. The judgment pronounced on Frings was the result of the unequivocal television images showing his assault on Cruz. Neither the DFB nor the player could refute the objective evidence at hand.