'Passion makes people upset' – Ecuador and Qatar fan who 'rowed' during opening game shake hands and now 'friends' | The Sun

'Passion makes people upset' – Ecuador and Qatar fan who 'rowed' during opening game shake hands and now 'friends' | The Sun

November 21, 2022

A QATARI fan and an Ecuadorian have kissed and made up after rowing during the World Cup opening game.

The Ecuador fan, named Peter, was animated as he gestured in response to VAR chalking off Enner Valencia's early strike.



He stood waving his arms and provoked a reaction from a group of Qatar fans sitting behind him.

One appeared to tell him to "shut up", with Peter telling him to relax in response.

A video showing the interaction went viral, prompting the pair to show the world that there was no animosity between them.

They filmed a short video showing they were friendly with one another, admitting they let their passion get the better of them.

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The Qatar supporter said: "This is Peter, he is an Ecuadorian and he is here to watch the match today.

"In the end we're only here to watch this beautiful game."

Peter then took over, adding: "Passion sometimes makes people upset. But we come together for sport. Sport brings people together.

"We're very friendly with each other. I wish Qatar the best. It's a beautiful World Cup so far, you guys are so friendly I love it."

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Qatar and Ecuador fans had a very different experience of the World Cup opener as thousands of Qataris left before the final whistle.

Meanwhile joyous South Americans chanted "We want beer!" from the stands as their team outclassed Qatar at the Al Bayt Stadium.

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