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Germany and England blasted by FIFA over pre-match press conference

FIFA have criticised England following their pre-match press conference ahead of their clash with Germany, in which both coach Fabio Capello and captain Steven Gerrard only took questions from British TV reporters. Germany were also censured as coach Joachim Loew failed to appear to receive questions in his pre-match press conference.

"Fair play applies not only on the pitch but also off the pitch and this applies also for press conferences," FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot told reporters.

"We've taken note of what has happened for both teams not only England but England and Germany."

FIFA guidelines state that coaches must be present at a news briefing a day ahead of their matches, a rule even the North Koreans complied with.

The Football Association's head of media Adrian Bevington took only eight questions from journalists of his choice for a five-minute briefing.

Bevington later told reporters that he believed he had fully complied with FIFA guidelines and Maingot said there were no disciplinary provisions for such matters and no action was pending.

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