Mexico Faces Sanctions After Fans Chant Homophobic Insult at Concacaf Nations League

2024-03-25

Mexico exposed itself to new sanctions after some of its fans chanted a homophobic insult that interrupted the final of the Concacaf Nations League against the local United States, the winner of the tournament.

For the second consecutive Nations League contest, the clash between Mexico and the United States was interrupted on Sunday by the referees after homophobic chants were chanted at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

As happens in many matches of Mexican teams or their national team, fans uttered the homophobic insult “puto” when Matt Turner, goalkeeper of the United States, took a goal kick near the end when the result already seemed irrecoverable.

Referee Drew Fischer stopped the game twice, for several minutes, before it finally concluded, due to Mexican fans uttering the insult “puto,” an equivalent of “faggot,” both terms used in offensive and insulting slang. someone’s masculinity.

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INFANTINO, OUTRAGED

This fact has become recurrent despite the new rules and sanctions imposed by the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, who has tried in many ways to eradicate this discriminatory movement.

Infantino, outraged, expressed his disappointment and asked the authorities to find those responsible through a message he posted on his social networks.

“I was extremely disappointed by the discriminatory chanting during the Concacaf Nations League final between the 2026 FIFA World Cup co-hosts, the United States and Mexico, which led to the temporary interruption of the match on more than one occasion. “, in accordance with the first phase of FIFA’s three-step protocol,” said the world football leader.

He added: “Discrimination, of any kind, has no place in football or society, and I call on the relevant authorities to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.”

Mexican soccer has been fined a total of more than $650,000 over the years in more than a dozen fines because fans used the chant.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has attempted to solve the problem by introducing an online ticket registration system and QR codes. In matches played in Mexico, security has been reinforced in the stadiums to persecute those who use the chant. Violators face a five-year ban.

2024-03-25 21:52:00
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