FIFA Fines Ecuador For Fan Chants in World Cup Opener

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.

Ecuador fans" also drew

global attention to their chants in Spanish of “we want a 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.

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