FIFA sanctions Mexico for "homophobic chanting" by fans during games

19/06/2021

FIFA confirmed to CNN that it sanctioned Mexico with a fine of more than US$65,000, in addition to the fact that the team will have to play its next two official games behind closed doors, due to "homophobic chants by its fans" during two Olympic qualifying games last March.

Mexican national team also dropped out of the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. Image: Agencies
Mexican national team also dropped out of the top 10 of the FIFA rankings. Image: Agencies

According to CNN, in an e-mail, a FIFA spokesman said that the Disciplinary Committee had made the decision after the games played between Mexico and the Dominican Republic and the United States in Guadalajara. The spokesperson also indicated that FIFA opened another process against the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) for homophobic chants by fans at a friendly match of the national team against Iceland, held in Arlington, Texas on May 29.

This Friday, the president of the FMF, Yon de Luisa, confirmed at a press conference that the entity had received notification of the sanction from FIFA and assured that both the local Federation and the League clubs have taken actions since September 2019 to prevent chants of this type from being registered in stadiums. "However, this has not been enough," the federative indicated and called on fans to stop with the practice of using the expression p**o, which is used as an offense in Mexican soccer games and also in national team matches.

"On behalf of all the fans who want to see our national team competing in the next World Cup in Qatar, let's stop, let's stop now, please. The p**o shout, in addition to being discriminatory, far from identifying us as great fans, which we are, is taking us away from our national team," said Yon de Luisa.

He also added that "what for some seems to be fun, today I have news for you: it is not, because it is driving them away from the stadiums and it is driving them away from our national team". Yon de Luisa also indicated that the FMF will continue to work with its partners in educational efforts to prevent shouting from continuing in the states and leading to more sanctions.