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FIFA charges Ecuador over fan chants at World Cup opener in Qatar

Discriminatory chants allegedly by Ecuador fans at the World Cup opening game led FIFA to open the first disciplinary case of the tournament on Tuesday

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Ecuador's Enner Valencia scores their first goal. (Reuters Photo)
Ecuador's Enner Valencia scores their first goal. (Reuters Photo)

Discriminatory chants allegedly by fans at the World Cup opening game led to open the first disciplinary case of the tournament on Tuesday.

said the charge was brought "due to chants" at the game against Qatar on Sunday and cited the section of its disciplinary code dealing with discrimination.

The chants were reportedly directed at Chile, which brought a legal case ahead of the World Cup to try to take Ecuador's place.

gave no timetable for dealing with the case against the Ecuadorian soccer federation, which is held responsible for fan behavior at games.

fans also drew global attention to their chants in Spanish of "we want beer" during the team's 2-0 win at Al Bayt Stadium. It was a reference to FIFA and Qatari organizers banning the sale of beer with alcohol at stadiums.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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First Published: Wed, November 23 2022. 07:03 IST