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FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings in opposition to each Mexico and Ecuador for homophobic chanting throughout 2022 World Cup matches.

Mexico drew 0-0 with Poland on Tuesday whereas Ecuador defeated the host nation Qatar 2-0 on the opening day of the match.

During the opening sport, some Ecuador followers could possibly be heard singing a homophobic chant in opposition to Chileans. Ecuador confronted doable expulsion from the match after Chile complained they’d fielded an ineligible participant throughout the qualifiers.

Mexico are in the meantime being investigated after their supporters sung an offensive chant that the nation’s nationwide federation has lengthy tried to clamp down on.

Mexican supporters have typically chanted a slang phrase for a male prostitute (“puto”) at goalkeepers throughout video games, which activists say is each insulting and discriminatory.

The Mexican Football Federation obtained twelve sanctions — two warnings and ten fines — throughout the 2018 World Cup qualification marketing campaign and this has since escalated into residence matches being performed behind closed doorways, as occurred earlier this yr on two events.

FIFA mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has opened proceedings in opposition to the Mexican Football Association because of chants by Mexican supporters throughout 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.”

Potential sanctions within the code embody taking part in a match with out spectators or a ban on taking part in in a specific stadium.

The build-up to the match in Qatar has seen considerations raised over LGBTQ+ in addition to broader human rights in Qatar. Homosexuality stays unlawful underneath the nation’s legal guidelines.

Ecuador sit joint prime of group A after the opening spherical of fixtures, alongside Netherlands and above each Senegal and Qatar.

Mexico sit stage on factors with Poland in group C, under Saudi Arabia and above Argentina.

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