The Ecuadorian federation requests that fans refrain from using insulting slogans.

Ecuador’s football organisation encouraged its supporters on Thursday to clean up their behaviour after FIFA initiated disciplinary proceedings for homophobic remarks during the South Americans’ first World Cup game against Qatar.

Ecuadoreans were heard denigrating Chileans during the match on Sunday, most likely in response to Chile’s assertion that they fielded an ineligible player in the qualifiers.

Ecuador was fined and lost points in the next qualifiers as a result, although they escaped expulsion from the Qatar tournament.

 

“The Ecuadorean Football Federation calls on Ecuador fans accompanying ‘the Tri’ in Qatar 2022 to avoid all types of offensive, insulting and discriminatory songs,” it said in a statement.

“Just as our players give their all on the pitch, let’s do our bit off it. Let’s enjoy this football party with joy and respect.”

LGBT rights have taken prominence during this World Cup, drawing protests, as homosexuality is illegal in Qatar.

After beating the hosts 2-0, Ecuador are joint top of Group A with the Netherlands whom they face on Friday.

Source: Reuters

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