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Rivaldo fined for play-acting

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Brazil's ace player Rivaldo has been fined 11,500 Swiss francs ($7,350) for play-acting in Monday's World Cup game against Turkey, the first punishment of a player in a crackdown on "simulation".

The World Cup disciplinary committee studied a video of Rivaldo's theatrics and decided the Brazilian, a former world player of the year, was guilty of simulating a foul, FIFA said on Wednesday.

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.

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