Rivaldo fined for 'simulating' a foul

 

Brazilian playmaker Rivaldo has been fined 11,500 Swiss francs (€7753) for play-acting in Monday's World Cup game against Turkey.

The World Cup disciplinary committee studied a video of Rivaldo's theatrics and decided the Brazilian was guilty of "simulating" a foul.

Turkey midfielder Hakan Unsal was sent off after kicking the ball at Rivaldo as he waited to take a corner in Ulsan, South Korea. Although the ball hit Rivaldo in the legs, he collapsed dramatically to the ground clutching his face in apparent agony.

Referees have been instructed to crack down on play-acting at the tournament.

Brazil won the game 2-1.