FIFA does not go by lukewarm means. Today, Panama issued official sanctions for playing the match against El Salvador on November 16 without an audience, following a report by the game commissioner who reported anti-gay outcry in matches played at home in September.
Canaleros got off to a good start in the first games of the Octagon and recently lost by a landslide to Canada 4-1 in Toronto. Now in the face of a direct competitor to the rankings like El Salvador, they will have the disadvantage of playing behind closed doors.
“The Panamanian Football Federation has informed that it has been notified by FIFA of the decision taken by its Disciplinary Committee to impose a financial penalty of 50,000 Swiss francs and to play the November 16 match against El Salvador behind closed doors due to alleged homophobic chants by fans during September 2022,” the statement said. Qatar’s matches in the World Cup qualifiers will be held on our soil.”
The Panamanians played three matches at home. Against Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States, among these he received five points. After the visit, he had three more and won only once, when he defeated Jamaica in the second round of the octagon.
The administrators of the channel made the release, but FIFA did not accept them: the channel association, upon receiving a notification of the opening of the disciplinary process, clarified the timely response, however, today it was notified of these sanctions.
Panama closes the first round of the eight round by visiting Honduras, the team that can also play this game behind closed doors since FIFA opened a file just like Panama to anti-gay shouts in the duel against the United States and things were thrown on the field.
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