FIFA opens disciplinary hearings against Mexico and Ecuador for homophobic chants at the World Cup

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico and Ecuador for homophobic chants during matches at the 2022 World Cup.

Mexico drew 0-0 with Poland on Tuesday, while Ecuador defeated host nation Qatar 2-0 on the opening day of the tournament.

During the opening match, some Ecuadorian fans could be heard singing a homophobic chant against the Chileans. Ecuador faced possible expulsion from the tournament after Chile complained that they had fielded an ineligible player during the qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Mexico is under investigation after supporters sang an offensive chant that the country’s national federation has long tried to suppress.

Mexican fans have often chanted a slang word for a prostitute (“puto”) to goalies during matches, which activists say is both insulting and discriminatory.

The Mexican Football Federation received twelve sanctions, two warnings and ten fines, during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and this has since escalated to home games played behind closed doors, as happened earlier this year. year twice.

FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings against the Mexican Football Association due to the chants of Mexican fans during the FIFA World Cup match Mexico vs. Poland played on November 22.

“The procedure was opened on the basis of article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.”

Possible penalties in the code include playing a match without spectators or being banned from playing in a particular stadium.

The build-up to the tournament in Qatar has seen concerns raised about LGBTQ+, as well as broader human rights in Qatar. Homosexuality is still illegal under the laws of the country.

Ecuador occupies the first place in group A after the first round of matches, along with the Netherlands and above Senegal and Qatar.

Mexico is tied on points with Poland in group C, below Saudi Arabia and above Argentina.

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