FIFA investigates Ecuador fans' homophobic chants

Investigation into suspected homophobic chants by Ecuadorian fans during their opening World Cup game against Qatar has been launched by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee.

On Sunday, the South Americans defeated the hosts 2-0, and it has been alleged that homophobic shouts were heard against Chile's adversaries.

Byron Castillo, 27, was allegedly fielded by Ecuador during tournament qualification on Chile's behalf. Castillo was pulled off of Ecuador's team to avoid any further controversy.

Ecuador kept their World Cup spot, but they received a fine and a loss of points for their World Cup qualifying effort in 2026.

In response to shouts made by Ecuadorian fans during the FIFA World Cup match between Qatar and Ecuador on November 20, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has initiated proceedings against the Ecuadorian Football Association, according to a statement.

"Article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code served as the foundation for the opening of the procedures."

Given that homosexuality is against the law in Qatar, LGBTQ+ rights have been a major focus of the World Cup.

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