Rejection in networks, dismissals and even a diplomatic condemnation. Colombian fans are paying dearly for the excesses in the World Cup in Russia where some have been recorded insulting foreigners or drinking alcohol camouflaged in the stadium.
The scandal began with the broadcast of two videos in which fans boast of behaviors that unleashed social and media censorship.
In the first, the Colombian Guillermo Morales, who wears a tricolor shirt, takes advantage of two Japanese women who do not know Spanish.
The man approaches them to congratulate them for the 2-1 triumph of Japan on Tuesday at Saransk, but then tells them to say “I am a bitch (…) very bitch”, which the Japanese repeat naively.
Morales, who was described as macho, apologized in several radio interviews and justified himself saying that he left “drunk from the stadium.”
Meanwhile, in a second video, coffee fans celebrate with alcohol inside the Saransk stadium.
The three fans camouflaged the drink in fake binoculars. One of them was a worker of the airline Avianca , which after the controversy announced the termination of his contract.
Entering alcohol in sporting venues is prohibited by Russian law and has fines of around $ 500. It is also restricted by FIFA (International Federation of Football Associations).
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The Foreign Ministry issued an unusual call for attention.
“Connationals who are in the World Cup in Russia must respect the rules of the country that opened their doors to them, their obligation is to abide by what is established by the local authorities and to abide by the consequences after breaking the rules,” he said on Twitter .
Invitamos a los connacionales que portan la camiseta tricolor y que representan a miles de colombianos en el Mundial de Rusia a fomentar el respeto y el buen trato. Rechazamos los malos comportamientos; no representan nuestra cultura, nuestro idioma y nuestra raza.
— Cancillería Colombia (@CancilleriaCol) June 19, 2018
Major Alejandro Saavedra, representative of the Colombian Police in the World Cup, said that these fans will be canceled the entry card to the matches and be fined.
“These types of events have already prevented the Russian security service for the following games,” he told Blu Radio.
However, Saavedra highlighted the good performance of the majority of Colombians in Russian territory.
“Compatriots, coming to Russia to support our team is a gesture that we thank infinitely, but if you made that effort, do it respecting the women, the opponents and the laws of the host country,” said Ramon Jesurun, president of the Colombian Football Federation.
More than 11,000 Colombians left the country to support the selection in the World Cup, according to immigration authorities.
The team of the Argentine José Pekerman shares group H with Japan, Poland and Senegal. The coffee growers will play their future in the tournament when they face the Europeans on Sunday (13:00 in Ecuador). (D)