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Germany under Fifa investigation for breaking World Cup rules ahead of their crucial 1-1 draw with Spain

GERMANY are the subject of a Fifa investigation for allegedly breaching World Cup rules before their clash with Spain.

Hansi Flick’s men earned a crucial draw on Sunday evening as Niclas Fullkrug’s late equaliser kept alive their hopes of reaching the last 16 in Qatar.

Flick attended the pre-match press conference without a player from his squad
Germany clinched a draw with Spain to bounce back from defeat to Japan

They now know a win over Costa Rica on Thursday could be enough to see them progress through the group.

However, off the pitch they could be in trouble for failing to adhere to Fifa regulations prior to the match.

According to German outlet MDR Aktuell, Flick disobeyed rules by attending the pre-match press conference without a Germany player.

All teams are required to send their manager and a member of their squad to the presser ahead of each World Cup game.

The fact that Germany failed to do so may now leave them in trouble with football’s governing body.

And that is not the only concern Flick has on his mind.

The Germany boss admitted after the Spain performance that, while they did manage to snatch a point, he is still worried about the team’s mentality.

He said: “I think that the team needs more self confidence.


“I think that things start to develop when you start to win but maybe this will give us a boost to have the self confidence to get more goals.

“We need the determination of Niclas Fullkrug.”

Germany are looking to avoid exiting the World Cup before the knockout stages for a second successive time.

In 2018, Joachim Low watched his side lose to Mexico and South Korea as they finished bottom of Group F.

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