FIFA takes aim at fans in Mexico and Ecuador

Thomas Siniecki, Media365: published on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 8:56 p.m.

Mexican and Ecuadorian fans are under investigation by FIFA over inappropriate chants during matches against Poland (0-0) and Qatar (0-2) in the first World Cup Tour.

Mexican fans missed insults, after the penalty by Robert Lewandowski during their team’s match against Poland (0-0) – or rather repelled by their goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. FIFA, in any case, opens an investigation in this direction and invokes article 13 of its disciplinary code. In Mexico, the unfortunately well-known song about a goalkeeper release – and this for decades, in France too – has almost become like a reflex, which has even led the Federation to set up a prevention campaign in order to eradicate.

Herrera: “It’s not that bad”

The Mexican selection had already been sanctioned in this sense during the 2018 World Cup in Russia and then more recently in the 2022 edition qualifiers. The same accusations had been made during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which had also led the coach Miguel Herrera to support his supporters: “It’s not that serious, it’s done to put the opposing goalkeeper under pressure.” Eight years later, a journalist from AS ensures that no homophobic chant against the Poles has been heard in the stands, but other sources clearly indicate the opposite.

Ecuador is also targeted by FIFA for the same reason: during the opening match against Qatar (0-2), homophobic chants were heard. The verdict of the International Federation is expected a priori before the second match of each team, Friday for Ecuador (against the Netherlands) and Saturday for Mexico (against Argentina). Among the possible punishments, supporters of a team can be banned from a match, whether for a particular match or in a specific stadium.

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