Federation Internationale de Football Association announces penalty against Mexico for fans' anti-gay slur

Ruben Hill
June 22, 2018

According to ESPN, if the chants continue, officials will also remove offending fans from the match.

Mexicans have long shouted a slang word for a male sex worker at games, which gay rights groups argue is homophobic.

Throughout the past year of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, the Mexican side has received 12 sanctions for the homophobic chant, earning 11 fines of at least $30,000 after two initial warnings were served.

"This included the report of the anti-discrimination match observers, who have been deployed for the first time at a FIFA World Cup, " it said.

"The decision was passed after a thorough assessment of the relevant match reports, the FMF's precedents and the evidence provided, which included videos of the incidents as well as examples of certain sustainable actions taken by the FMF to raise awareness among its supporters", Federation Internationale de Football Association said in a statement released on Wednesday. "Moreover, the Disciplinary Committee gave a warning to the FMF, who may face additional sanctions in case of repeated infringements of this type".

The Mexican national team created a video in 2016 pledging to rid its fanbase of the chant.

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, on a day when FIFA once again fined the Mexican football federation for their fans' misconduct. Marco Fabian asked fans not to carry the chant on in a tweet on Wednesday, with the banner "no grites p--", or "don't scream [the slur]". "Let's not risk another sanction", he wrote on Instagram and Twitter. According to ESPN, Mexico was sanctioned 12 times for the slur for a United States total of $160,000 during qualifiers. The intent is not to offend and it is meant to be teasing and part of Mexican folklore.

Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group F - Germany v Mexico - Mexico City, Mexico - June 17, 2018 - Mexican fans celebrate at the Angel of Independence monument.

"This has been in place to observe and report on all 871 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and all matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, " the committee said in the statement. This report comes even though Mexico has already been fined several times for its use of the chant.

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