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Uruguay's capital, Montevideo, wants to honour Antoine Griezmann by declaring the France international an "illustrious visitor" of their city following the affectionate gestures recently shown by the player towards their country.

The newly crowned World Cup winner had a Uruguay flag, which a journalist had given him, draped over his shoulders in a postgame news conference after France beat Croatia in the final on Sunday.

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France's Antoine Griezmann welcome in Uruguay - president Tabare Vazquez

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Uruguay president Tabare Vazquez says it would be "an honour" to receive Antoine Griezmann to his official residence in Montevideo, as an appreciation of the World Cup winner's long-standing affiliation with the South American country.

Following his man of the match performance as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow, Griezmann accepted a Uruguay flag from a reporter at the news conference afterwards.

The gesture was much appreciated by the Uruguayan people, Vazquez...

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Arsenal's Lucas Torreira received a hero's welcome upon returning to his hometown of Fray Bentos, Uruguay, following his performance at the World Cup.

Torreira, who left Sampdoria for a £26 million fee earlier this week, was mobbed in the streets by adoring fans who wanted to show their appreciation for the midfielder.

Once word got out that "Luquita" had returned home, fans filled the streets and looked to catch a glimpse of Torreira, who was evidently humbled by the scene.

Torreira, being...

 By Reuters

England, Uruguay fined by FIFA for breaking media and marketing rules

MOSCOW -- England were fined 70,000 Swiss Francs ($70,585) and Uruguay were given a 50,000 Swiss Francs sanction for breaking media and marketing rules during the World Cup, FIFA said on Wednesday.

"Several members of the English national team continued to display unauthorised commercial branding on playing equipment items before and during the World Cup quarterfinal match between Sweden and England," world football's governing body said.

FIFA added that the Football Association had previously been...