DOHA, Qatar — FIFA opened an investigation on Wednesday into doubtlessly discriminatory chants heard from Mexico supporters throughout their World Cup-opening 0-0 draw towards Poland.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings towards the Mexican Soccer Affiliation attributable to chants by Mexican supporters in the course of the Mexico v. Poland FIFA World Cup match performed on 22 November. The proceedings have been opened on the premise of article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code,” learn a press release from the governing physique on Wednesday.
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The Mexican Soccer Federation (FMF) has beforehand been sanctioned by FIFA attributable to a recurring anti-gay goalkeeper chant that has been heard at El Tri matches, which have often been paused attributable to a three-step process put in place to halt the offensive shouts.
Final 12 months, FIFA lowered a Mexico punishment for discriminatory fan chants from two World Cup qualifying matches to at least one after the FMF promised to execute an academic and enforcement marketing campaign for matches at dwelling and within the US, and mentioned five-year bans from stadiums can be given to followers discovered doing the mantra.
It’s unclear from the assertion whether or not the most recent FIFA present continuing is because of the anti-gay chant or different habits from Mexico supporters.
On Tuesday, FIFA introduced that the Ecuadorian Soccer Affiliation was additionally underneath investigation for “chants by Ecuadorian supporters in the course of the Qatar v. Ecuador FIFA World Cup match performed on 20 November.” The opening match of the World Cup noticed Ecuador beat hosts Qatar 2-0.
FIFA gave no timetable for coping with the instances towards the Mexican and Ecuadorian federations, who’re liable for fan habits at video games, and had not mentioned what the doable punishments may very well be.