FIFA charges Ecuador for fan chants during the World Cup opener

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Discriminatory chants allegedly by Ecuador fans at the World Cup FIFA opened the first disciplinary case against the tournament after the opening game.

FIFA denied 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.

According to reports, the chants were directed at Chile which resulted in a Legal case ahead of the World Cup to try to take Ecuador’s place.

FIFA did not provide a timeline for the FIFA against Ecuadorian soccer Federation case. The Ecuadorian soccer Federation is responsible for fan behavior during games.

Ecuador 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 FIFA and Qatari organizers prohibiting the sale of beer with alcohol in stadiums.

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