FIFA May Fine Ecuador For Anti-Gay Chants By Fans

The Associated Press reports:

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

Sports site The 42 reports:

The 42 understands that the case is related to allegedly homophobic chanting by a section of the Ecuador support, and is not related to those same supporters’ widely-viewed chants of ‘We want beer’, following the last-minute decision to remove beer kiosks from stadiums.

The investigation may not be completed until after the World Cup, and, if the incident is deemed worthy of punishment, it will most likely come in the form of a fine. Any punishment affecting Ecuador’s players on the pitch is highly unlikely.

This case means FIFA may punish homophobic chanting in a country which criminalises homosexuality.