FIFA officials issued a statement today pointing out that Ecuador fans chanted the slogan “We want beer” at the opening ceremony of the World Cup as a disciplinary case of discrimination.
Two days before the start of the World Cup, due to the request of the royal family of Qatar, the National Football Federation temporarily announced that the sale and purchase of any alcoholic beverages were prohibited inside and outside the stadium, which broke the original statement of the National Football Federation that they could buy high-priced alcoholic drinks and enjoy beer inside and outside the stadium at a specific time The promise made the fans who went to Qatar to watch the match full of complaints, so Ecuador easily defeated the host country Qatar 2-0 in the World Cup opener at Beit Stadium. Ecuadorian fans collectively sang “We want beer” in Spanish in the stands. The slogan, apparently protesting against the situation of winning but not being able to drink and celebrate, has attracted global attention.
FIFA stated that the slogan already contained discriminatory elements and that Ecuadorian fans would be charged against the discriminatory part of the FIFA Disciplinary Guidelines. However, the National Football Federation has not revealed how to investigate and punish the Ecuadorian Football Association and the fans. It is expected that the Ecuadorian Football Association will be responsible for the behavior of the fans during the game.
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