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Monday, July 30, 2012
Spain faces FIFA discipline

Associated Press

LONDON -- Spain faces FIFA disciplinary action after its bad-tempered elimination from the Olympic soccer tournament.

Seven Spain players, including star forward Juan Mata, received yellow cards in a 1-0 loss against Honduras in Newcastle. The tournament favorite now cannot advance from its group.

Some Spain players clashed with opponents in the tunnel at halftime and confronted Venezuelan referee Juan Soto when he rejected appeals for a penalty kick late in the game.

FIFA rules require team fines if at least five players are booked. Further sanctions can be added if players "threaten or harass match officials" or for serious offenses.

Honduras also faces action by soccer's governing body after having six players booked.