FIFA said Friday it is “deeply concerned” after two videos emerged online of members of the country’s Under-20 women’s national team being abused by supporters of the rival DR Congo national team.
FIFA began an investigation and is seeking an explanation from the Confederation of African Football, which had organized the tournament in Egypt, said a statement issued by FIFA.
According to the footage obtained by ESPNFC, an African player who has not been identified appears to be celebrating as a female team member appears to be walking towards her, fully clothed, in a nightclub.
While the female player is walking towards her and appears to be engaging in a dance, a male supporter who is part of the female team’s supporters egg her on and shout “Go to the whore.” They were openly singing slogans from their own anthem, as the male team supporters continue to sing and sing while the female players walk toward them.
According to ESPNFC, the video was taken from an Oct. 2018 game played in Chad. The Federation of African Football has confirmed FIFA will investigate.
While the players did not appear to be celebrating with alcohol or food, or even with one another, they were in a public location, in a language not understood by supporters watching the game. ESPNFC’s reporter in the country explained that fans in that region of Chad insist on drinking at the home of the opposing team before leaving the country.
While the pair appeared to be holding hands and were unrelated to one another, the shirtless males were chanting misogynistic slogans at them.
The following video footage is from an October 5 game in Mali.
In that video, the female player appears to be walking towards her teammate, while the two supporters are engaged in a chant in the background, at which point the female player joins in and is joined by her teammates.
In both videos, the crowd seems to be comprised of the male and female teammates of the opposing team.
FIFA said it is reaching out to authorities in the countries to “address the situation and establish the facts to ensure all further action is taken.”
“On behalf of FIFA, we would like to express our deep concern at the video circulating recently,” the statement said. “As FIFA’s role is clearly defined it is our stance against discrimination that must be taken seriously.”