ADDED ON: 11/04/2021

Mexico punished again for homophobic chant, will play more World Cup qualifiers without fans

11/1/2021 | Yahoo News

Mexico’s men’s national soccer team will be forced to play two more World Cup qualifiers in empty stadiums after its fans continued yelling an anti-gay slur at matches in October. FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, previously sanctioned Mexico for the infamous “p***” chant. In June, it announced that the team’s first two home World Cup qualifiers would be played behind closed doors. It later halved that punishment, allowing fans to return to Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca for qualifiers last month. But fans resumed the chant at those games, against Canada and Honduras. On Monday, FIFA announced another two-match stadium ban, along with dozens of other disciplinary actions against soccer federations around the world. It also fined Mexico’s federation roughly $110,000. The chant has plagued Mexican soccer for years. Officials refused to reckon with it until recently. The Mexican soccer federation (FMF) promised to crack down on it in 2019, and again this year. But fans belted it during opposing goal kicks at friendlies and regional tournaments this past spring and summer. Its presence at two Olympic qualifying games in March led to the first stadium ban.


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