December 7, 2022

Mexico fans cheered the World Cup the subject of the FIFA investigation

Mexico fans cheered the World Cup the subject of the FIFA investigation

DOHA, Qatar — FIFA opened an investigation on Wednesday into potentially discriminatory chants heard from Mexico fans during the opening World Cup goalless draw against Poland.

“FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee opened proceedings against the Mexican Football Federation for chants by Mexican fans during Mexico’s match against Poland in the FIFA World Cup held on November 22. The proceedings were initiated on the basis of Article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code,” read a statement from the board of directors. Wednesday.

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The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has previously been sanctioned by FIFA over a goalkeeper’s homophobic chant that was heard in You don’t see Matches, which have occasionally been paused due to a three-step measure put in place to stop attacking shouts.

Last year, FIFA reduced Mexico’s penalty for discriminatory chanting from fans from two World Cup qualifying matches to one after the FMF promised to implement an educational and enforcement campaign for matches at home and in the United States, and said a five-year ban on stadiums would be . I found fans doing the chant.

It was not clear from the statement whether FIFA’s recent current action was due to anti-gay chanting or other behavior by Mexico supporters.

FIFA announced on Tuesday that the Ecuadorean Football Federation was also under investigation for “cheers from Ecuadorean fans during the Qatar vs Ecuador match in the FIFA World Cup on November 20”. The opening match of the World Cup saw Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0.

FIFA did not set a timeline for handling cases against the Mexican and Ecuadorian federations responsible for the behavior of fans at matches, nor did it specify possible penalties.