2018 World Cup
Excitement mushroomed last Friday ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
That’s after the official 2018 World Cup draw was held in Moscow, with some amazing groups coming out the hat.
For England, they will be relatively happy with Panama, Tunisia and Belgium.
World Champions Germany were paired with Mexcio, Sweden and South Korea.
Elsewhere, Argentina were grouped with Nigeria again, Portugal take on Spain, while Brazil pulled Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
Here they are! The groups for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia! 🇷🇺🙌
— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017
FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee & World Cup ban
It’s still more than half a year before the tournament kicks off in Russia, and yet one player is already facing the real possibility of being banned from the games.
On Tuesday, Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee have opened an investigation into Colombia’s Edwin Cardona.
Colombia are grouped with Poland, Segenal and Japan in Group H.
Edwin Cardona’s racism charge vs South Korea
Edwin Cardona is in trouble after he made an offensive gesture against South Korea back in November in a friendly.
Tottenham striker Son Heung-Min scored a brace to hand South Korea a 2-1 win over Colombia.
But the game gained exposure after Cardona made a racist eye gesture towards South Korea captain Ki Sung Yueng.
Colombia coach Jose Pekerman condemned Edwin Cardona’s actions:
We deeply regret any offense caused by Cardona’s behaviour.
All of our players are sorry about this. The player himself also apologised on social media.
He hasn’t made any similar mistakes before. Perhaps (Cardona’s behaviour) was due to cultural differences. He felt deep regret over this.
And yet, Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee are now investigating the matter and Cardona could be slapped with a five match ban which would virtually rule him out of the 2018 World Cup.
Edwin Cardona plays his club football for Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors.
In 9 matches this season for Boca, the playmaker has scored three goals and chalked up one assist.
Fifa's Disciplinary Committee have opened an investigation into Edwin Cardona after the Colombia midfielder made a racist gesture to South Korean players during a friendly on 10 November.
Cardona could receive a five-match ban that would rule him out of the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/9EYOOaG7AI
— Carl Worswick (@cworswick) December 5, 2017