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The cheers of the supporters of the Ecuadorian national team in the opening match of the World Cup resulted in a disciplinary sanction.

The chants were broadly categorized as discriminatory. FIFA officials said the accusation came “for cheering” during Sunday’s match against host country Qatar.

FIFA cited the discrimination section of the disciplinary code.

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Ecuadorian fans celebrate after the World Cup group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Ecuadorian fans celebrate after the World Cup group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Sunday, November 20, 2022.
(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

According to reports, the hymns were intended for Chile. The South American nation filed a legal suit to replace Ecuador before the World Cup began.

Chile claimed that Ecuador used an ineligible player.

Chile claimed that the player in question had documents proving that Ecuadorian Byron Castillo, who is a Chilean, was never fit to play for Ecuador. Chile eventually lost its appeal.

Ecuadorian Byron Castillo during the match between Japan and Ecuador at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, on September 27, 2022.

Ecuadorian Byron Castillo during the match between Japan and Ecuador at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany, on September 27, 2022.
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It is unclear how long FIFA will have to address the charges against the Ecuadorian football association, which is held responsible for fan behavior at matches.

Qatar national football team Karim Boudiaf, centre-right, heads the ball during the opening match of the FIFA World Cup between hosts Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Qatar national football team Karim Boudiaf, centre-right, heads the ball during the opening match of the FIFA World Cup between hosts Qatar and Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, November 20, 2022.
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Ecuadorian fans also drew attention to the Spanish slogans “We want beer” in the match that the team won 2-0 at Al Bayt Stadium.

Organizers banned the sale of alcoholic beer at eight tournament stadiums days before the event was scheduled to begin.

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“Following discussions between host country officials and FIFA, it has been decided that sales of alcoholic beverages will focus on the FIFA Fan Festival, other fan destinations and licensed venues, and beer outlets … will be removed from the stadium perimeter,” FIFA said in a statement. Declaration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.