FIFA investigates Ecuador fans’ homophobic chants

FIFA stated it has opened disciplinary proceedings towards Ecuador over homophobic chanting by their followers of their World Cup opener.

Ecuador had confronted attainable expulsion from the event after Chile complained they’d fielded an ineligible participant through the qualifiers. They have been fined and acquired a factors deduction for the subsequent World Cup qualifiers however have been allowed to compete in Qatar.

The participant, Byron Castillo, was ignored of the squad to keep away from additional controversy. At Ecuador’s opening sport towards Qatar, to kick off the World Cup on Sunday, some amongst their massed ranks of yellow-clad followers sang a homophobic chant towards Chileans.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings towards the Ecuadorean Soccer Affiliation as a consequence of chants by Ecuadorean supporters,” world soccer’s governing physique stated in a press release late on Tuesday, citing article 13 of its disciplinary code.

Potential sanctions within the code embody enjoying a match with out spectators or a ban on enjoying in a specific stadium. There was no rapid response from Ecuador’s soccer federation. It has been exultantly re-tweeting photographs from their 2-0 win on the Al Bayt stadium.

A lot to the amusement of many watching all over the world, Ecuador followers additionally chanted “We wish beer!” in reference to a controversial stadium ban on alcohol consumption on the insistence of the conservative Muslim host nation. LGBT rights have taken prominence throughout this World Cup, drawing some protests, as homosexuality is against the law in Qatar. Ecuador are joint high of Group A with the Netherlands whom they face on Friday.

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