‘Homophobic and not very clever’: why puto chants haunt Mexican football
To be fair to Mexican soccer supporters, they have managed to convert one of the sport’s least dramatic moments into one of its most contentious and obnoxious ones in recent memory. It’s a pattern that everyone is familiar with. When the opponent’s goalie sets up for a goalkick, the chant “Ehhhh…” starts to ring out. Once the kick is delivered, the Mexican supporters’ voices grow in synchrony until the kick elicits a ” puto!” yell. The word is homophobic slang for a male sex worker, and it is used to denigrate them.
After the shouts were heard during El Tri’s triumph against Germany, Fifa said on Monday that it has initiated a disciplinary investigation against the country.
During the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Fifa took 51 disciplinary measures against players for homophobia.
Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Greece, Hungary, and Serbia were all singled out by Fifa for homophobic chanting.
- As Joshua Nadel, author of Ftbol!
- A lot of the hand-wringing, adds Nadel, an assistant professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at North Carolina Central University, “is for show,” he believes.
- On Sunday, the cry made its first appearance in the 25th minute, as Manuel Neuer was about to take a free kick.
- The exact roots of the cry in Mexico are unclear, however it is believed to have originated at the club level before spreading internationally.
- The cry appeared on occasion at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the 2014 tournament in Brazil elevated it to a new level.
- “They can abstractly contemplate what the phrase means, but they don’t grasp the emotional gut punch you feel when you hear a slur in your own language,” Julia Jiménez Jaramillo wrote in Slate in 2014, lamenting Fifa’s apparent inaction on the problem.
- If nothing else, they could issue a symbolic statement condemning it, even if it takes decades for the fans to catch up with them.” In recent years, both the federation and the players have presented their cases for respective positions.
- The Mexican football organization sent a direct appeal to supporters earlier this month, along with a link to the tournament’s standards of decency, to desist from using the chant.
One of the most common responses was to make fun of the request with gifs and belligerent one-liners, with some even reusing the team’s motto and hashtag for the tournament: “Yo si voy a gritar, porqueNadaNosDetiene.” (“I’ll be yelling because #NothingStopsUs” will be my theme song.) It is possible that the increased attention has only served to enhance its use at Major League Soccer (MLS) and United Soccer League (USL) stadiums, where Latino support is strong.
- A series of “Pride Night” games at the LA Galaxy and New York City FC have been marred by chanting in recent weeks.
- I always thought it was an abstract concept, something we were communicating to the opponent in a joyful, communal manner.
- “Now that I’m an adult, things are different.
- I don’t think it’s that brilliant, and it’s homophobic.” Many supporters dismiss allegations of homophobia and argue that the chant is only a jest, according to the media.
- For some, the chant serves only to highlight the widespread homophobia that exists in society.
- Nadel explained that “it is the most obvious since the chant is accompanied by the national team.” ‘The issue of homophobia in football, both men’s and women’s, is a worldwide one.
- It is extremely difficult to eradicate.
- “I truly want people to believe that ‘puto’ is the objective of curses,” Doyle said.
- Perhaps she has a valid argument.
Mexico was eliminated from the tournament as a consequence of the following penalty, marking the team’s sixth consecutive exit from the last 16. As Doyle put it, “convince supporters that it brings bad luck to their own side” and “this farce will come to an end.”
Explaining the homophobic chant that has Mexico’s soccer federation in hot water with FIFA
Several times, the Mexican soccer organization has been sanctioned by FIFA, the international regulatory body, for a homophobic slogan used by its fans during national team matches. As part of the latest punishment meted out by FIFA, the team will be required to play two of its home World Cup qualifiers in 2022 without the support of its supporters.
What is the homophobic chant?
When an opponent goalkeeper puts the ball into play on a goal kick, Mexican national team fans gather together in unison to yell a homophobic slur (“p—,” which roughly translates to “gay prostitute”) in Spanish, a tradition that is thought to have developed among fans in the early 2000s. The shout is intended to terrify both the goalkeeper and the opposition team, according to legend. When used by supporters at a sports stadium, the argument has been that the phrase has numerous cultural meanings in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries, and that it is not intended to be homophobic slur.
- The fact that it is a disparaging phrase that is insulting to the LGBT community cannot be ignored.
- “It is not the intention with which you yell or chant that is important.
- “If somebody believes that it is a discriminating conduct, then it is not something that should be brought up in a discussion.
- If anything is discriminatory, it should be avoided.” MORE:Mexican soccer authorities fear that they may face harsher penalties in the future.
The world body has made it clear that it will be cracking down on racism and homophobia in the game around the world — Hungary was fined in 2017 for a homophobic chant directed at Cristiano Ronaldo — and that the teams whose supporters engage in discriminatory behavior will bear the consequences of their actions.
What is Mexico doing about the homophobic chant?
While the Mexican soccer organization first refused to accept that the slogan was racist, they have since changed their minds and are putting all they have towards putting an end to it. The FMF has launched an anti-discrimination campaign that is specifically targeting the slogan and urged supporters to desist from using it in any capacity. Their collaboration with match organizers has resulted in public address announcements and video board messaging, which warns infringing supporters that they will be removed from the stadium if they are discovered.
Apart from that, match organizers are expected to follow a new three-step process, which was implemented by FIFA in 2019 in the event of a discriminatory occurrence.
- Step 1: Match cancellation with a warning to spectators
- Step 2: The contest is suspended, and the players are moved to the locker room. Step 3: The match is abandoned.
In the short period of time since the new restrictions were implemented, they have begun to have some effect, but in some towns and stadiums, supporters have continued to defy the new rules. It will most likely take more time for the chant to be completely eliminated, but the Mexican football federation will hope that this does not come at the expense of competitive point deductions or even expulsion from official tournaments such as the World Cup, which Mexican officials believe is a real possibility if the problem continues.
FIFA sanctions for homophobic chants
The slogan has been used by Mexican fans at club and national team games since the early 2000s, but it garnered international attention during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Despite mounting disapproval, it made a triumphant reappearance four years later at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with Mexico’s unexpected victory over Germany in the final. Since 2015, the Mexican football federation has been penalized by FIFA on a number of occasions, with the number of instances becoming impossible to keep track of.
- However, the severity of the consequences is increasing.
- The sentence included a $65,000 fine and two official home matches played behind closed doors in the following months.
- Also in connection with homophobic chanting by Mexican supporters at a friendly against Iceland in Arlington, Texas, in May 2021, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee started a second investigation against the country.
- It is also unclear whether any disciplinary punishment would be taken in response to the shouts during Mexico’s participation in the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals and final in June 2021, which will be broadcast live on ESPN.
- “Fining players, playing one or two games behind closed doors — which is what we’re concerned about today, along with the fine — deducting points, losing matches, and being barred from participating in a competition or tournament are all possibilities.
- That is the current state of affairs.” The chant resurfaced during Mexico’s opening 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup group match against Trinidad and Tobago in Dallas, resulting in a stoppage in play as per protocol, as well as a stern warning from CONCACAF to fans.
There were indications that the severe FIFA punishment may have helped change fan behavior when exhibition matches played by Mexico’s senior national team on June 12, June 30 and July 3 unfolded without incident.
El Tri aims to show Mexicans are better than ‘Puto’ chant
It’s past time to put an end to the chant. It’s past time to demonstrate to the rest of the world that Mexican national team supporters are more than their homophobic “Puto!” cry. Make no mistake about what El Tri fans mean or could mean when they cry “Puto!” Don’t get caught up in the intricacies of what they mean or might mean. Yes, there are several alternative interpretations for the term. If it is used in the feminine form in Spanish’s gendered nouns, it might be interpreted as prostitute.
- It might also be interpreted as f—ing.
- During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Mexican Soccer Federation was fined by FIFA when supporters shouted a racial insult at them during a game.
- Mexico’s men’s national team is, in many respects, the most popular team in the whole continent of America.
- The support for the United States national team does not compare to that of Mexico.
- Mexico is never properly treated as a road team in the United States, regardless of whether they are facing a team from Europe, Africa, South America, or the United States.
- If Mexican supporters continue to shout, FIFA has threatened to penalize the country’s soccer association.
- If it continues, the officials may decide to call a halt to the game.
“Don’t forget who we are”
Time has come for the chant to be put down. Showing the world that Mexican national team supporters are better than their homophobic “Puto!” chant is an excellent way to start. Make no mistake about what El Tri fans mean or possibly mean when they shout “Puto!” Don’t get hung up on the words of what they are saying. To be sure, the word may be used in several ways. Using it in the feminine form in the gendered nouns of Spanish might imply that it is a prostitution ring. It’s possible that the masculine form is a euphemism for cowardice in this context.
- It’s also a homophobic slur, which is why Mexican soccer supporters should refrain from yelling it while their opponents take goal kicks on the field of play.
- As a result of FIFA’s threats, the FMF has launched efforts in Mexico and the United States to bring the chanting to a close.
- Even when they play against the United States national team, they are frequently the home team in the country.
- Throughout the United States, El Tri typically sells out the largest stadiums in major cities like as Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Dallas.
- At AT T Stadium in Dallas, where the Cowboys play, the cry is as common as it is at Mexico’s Estadio Azteca, where they both play.
- Furthermore, FIFA has granted referees the right to briefly halt matches in order to kick specific supporters who use the slur..
After a period of time, officials may decide to call a halt to proceedings. México is attempting to get its message over in time for its current tour, which begins on Saturday against Iceland at AT T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Puto chant tradition not worth passing along
The Los Angeles Tribe’s home games in the Los Angeles Coliseum and Rose Bowl were a highlight of my childhood. Every single one of El Tri’s World Cup matches was shown live on television. That affection has been handed down to my children. I’ve always felt secure watching El Tri, whether it was in NRG Stadium in Houston, AT T Stadium in Dallas, Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, or the Rose Bowl or Coliseum in Los Angeles. I’m curious whether homosexual supporters got the same sense of security every time the majority of the audience chanted “Ehhhhhhhhh…
- As a result, it is frequently used in public to frighten and harass homosexual males.
- We should be able to do better than this.
- De Luisa wants Mexican fans to be aware of the stakes in this match.
- In Mexico, they are regarded as national heroes.
- Kids pay attention to them, for better or ill.
El Tri stars pivotal to campaign
In order for this to happen, de Luisa believes the players must give a clear message to the team that they are playing with their careers, playing with their aspirations, and that they are directly harming their idols if they do so. This is impacting many people, many individuals because something that could be amusing or that we believe… would be fun only for a second to shout “puto” is affecting many, many people. And it is now having a negative impact on the players in particular. When we spoke to our players on the national team, they all responded affirmatively, stating, ‘Yes, please include me in the campaign.’ I’m interested in becoming a part of the campaign.
Due to the fact that it starts with the players and finishes with the players.” Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
It is our responsibility as Mexican Americans to join forces with our Mexican brothers and sisters, primos and primas, and other friends to do the right thing.
Mexico faced the USA. Gay slurs marred the match. Again
On Sunday, the United States Men’s National Team met Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Nation’s League tournament. There was a lot of interest in how officials would deal with Mexico fans shouting the homophobic slur ” puto.” Now we know what happened: Mexico fans screamed a homophobic insult. On Thursday, the play between Mexico and Costa Rica, which Mexico won on penalty kicks, 5-4, was called off because Mexico supporters couldn’t keep the homophobic slur from pouring down on Empower Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
- The referee waited until the final few minutes of the game before taking action on the field.
- You can see an example of this here.
- Football’s governing body, FIFA, has said unequivocally that the shouting of the slur would not be accepted and has put out a three-step approach to resolve the issue.
- So far, the fans have shown no signs of giving up.
- “Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation” is prohibited under Colorado law, which states: “It is a discriminatory practice and unlawful…
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- In addition to violating FIFA rules, it was unlawful for the match to be played while sections of spectators were yelling homophobic obscenities.
- If the situation persists, more serious steps, such as the clearance of the stadium or the abandonment of the event, are required by law to be investigated..
- However, this will not deter supporters of Mexico from continuing to use the epithet.
- Major League Soccer has fined and banned United States Men’s National Team member Sebastian Lletget for using a slur at one of his teammates in an unguarded setting (and then sharing it on Instagram).
- The encounter between Mexico and the United States on Sunday was a watershed moment in the debate about whether international soccer is prepared to take the handling of the “puto” cry to the next level, beyond momentary pauses during a match.
The question of how seriously FIFA and CONCACAF are treating homophobia is still up in the air. It appears that they took some action on Sunday, but once again, unless more extreme actions are done in the future, this will continue indefinitely.
Mexico’s “Puto” Chant Won’t Ever Go Away, No Matter What FIFA Does
Although “No Soy Monedita de Oro” is a popular song in Mexico, it is not typically seen as a national image in the same way as, for example, “El Rey” or thehimno nacional are. The Cuco Sánchez composition, on the other hand, is possibly the greatest way to explain why Mexican soccer supporters will continue to cry “Ehhhh, puto!” during matches until El Tri wins the FIFA World Cup—which is to say, till the end of time. After singing, “I’m a piece of stone that can’t be aliased/For more than a thousand talles and a thousand talles,” Sánchez boasts that his rough edges will never be smoothed out, before launching into his famous chorus: “I’m no monedita de oro/Pa’ caerles bien a todos.” To put it another way, “IDGAF what you think.” There are elements of Mexican exceptionalism and a sense of doom bundled together in this three-minute symphony of self-pity.
After hearing that the Mexican national soccer team will be fined by FIFA for what felt like the hundredth time this year for fan use of the “puto” cry during a qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct.
Outsiders are still amazed at how adamant Mexican fans are about avoiding using the slur, and El Tri players like as Chicharrito have filmed video PSAs pleading with supporters not to use the slur.
“OUR children are listening,” says the CONCACAF, which has played messages during games to warn everyone to be courteous since “OUR children are listening.” Teams in Liga MX have even gone so far as to attempt to bribe fans with promises of university scholarships and funding for primary schools if they will refrain from chanting during games.
- It’s the Confederate flag of Mexico, a heinous part of our purported tradition that no outsider can ever tell us is wrong.
- We are talking about Mexico’s Confederate flag, which is a nefarious part of our purported heritage that no outsider can ever tell us is incorrect, and that we cling to even more tightly when they do tell us it is.
- The slogan’s genesis story is frequently given as follows: Club Atlas fans made up the chant to taunt goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, who had begun his famous career with the club, when he returned as a player of crosstown rival Chivas de Guadalajara in the 1990s.
- Chivas fans embraced Sanchez when he returned to Guadalajara in 2007 as a member of Santos Laguna, according to Sanchez, who acknowledges that he was the inspiration for the song but blames it on the fans of the Chivas.
When I looked for the earliest newspaper citation about “puto” usage during a Mexican soccer game, I came across one in the April 19, 2004 edition of the Mexico City newspaperReforma, which described a match between Necaxa and Veracruz in Aguascalientes in which Veracruz coach Tomás Boy shoved a ball boy in the face.
Regardless of its origin, the slogan has gained popularity among Mexicans for a specific reason: it is effective on numerous levels throughout the country.
Until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when a slew of think pieces from sports writers, conservative blowhards, and political analysts alike surfaced, portraying Mexican supporters as homophobic Neanderthals, the cry had not gained much attention in the United States.
Continued chastisement just strengthens their determination to carry out the plan, since it plays into the worst aspects of the Mexican character.
Reading the justifications that Mexican fans offer–that “puto” does not actually mean “faggot,” but rather something more like to “bitch” or “fucker,” as if those meanings are any better–reads like every other excuse Mexicans have ever provided for the shortcomings of theirpaisano heroes throughout history.
As a result, they chant.
“If they don’t want me, there’s no way.” As a result, Mexican fans may enjoy their “puto.” Aside from that, it’s the most remarkable aspect of a football culture in which the national team has never advanced past the FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, whose club teams would be perennial contenders for relegation in Europe’s top leagues, and whose most famous team (Chivas) employs a jingoistic, “All Mexican” hiring strategy that would make Donald Trump proud.
But just don’t take it away from me.
Then-new-for-Americans scandal and its defenders prompted her to write on her blog, joking that ESPN had to launch its broadcast with “possibly, the first trigger warning given in sports broadcast history.” But, in the end, all of the commotion came to a predictable conclusion: Mexico was defeated.
Mexico’s Soccer Team Was on Thin Ice in Dallas Thanks to Rowdy Fans’ Homophobic Chants
The scene at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Wednesday night was a welcome respite from the recent controversy surrounding Mexico’s national soccer team and its fans’ chanting and misbehavior during the team’s recent match against the United States. It is “puto” that is the most frequently heard chant among Mexico’s soccer supporters. “Puto” is a slang term that is occasionally used in jest between friends, similar to the way one may refer to a buddy as a “chump,” a “bitch,” or, particularly in the 1990s, a “gay.” It’s also a derogatory term that is flung at the LGBT community with malice aforethought.
- The slogan has lasted among followers of “El Tri,” the team’s moniker in green, white, and red, over the years, and is still heard today.
- CONCACAF, the official sports organization for North and Central America, started its What’s Wrong Is Wrong campaign at the beginning of June with the goal of spreading the word on the field and in the fans about what is wrong with the game.
- Another example of general rowdiness during the CONCACAF Nations League competition was beer bottles being hurled on the players’ heads or into the turf, which was one of several incidents during the tournament.
- In the absence of effective action, the cry was revived two weeks later during Mexico’s opening match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- Because of this, as well as several questionable scorekeeping decisions, neither team was able to score a goal in the encounter.
- As part of FIFA’s three-step protocol (stop the match, suspend the match, and abandon the match), the match was paused twice in an attempt to hamper its usage, and players from Mexico’s side could be heard begging with their supporters to stay away from the grass.
Despite a statement from CONCACAF reassuring fans that they would be permitted to enter on Wednesday, the possibility that they could lose fan privileges at future matches this tournament (and in the following year) remains on the table, as does the more severe possibility that the team itself could be barred from competing in next year’s World Cup and from co-hosting it in 2026.
- Hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds poured into the stadium to see Mexico overcome Guatemala by a respectable margin of three goals.
- In its place came a group of fervent, supporting admirers who represented El Tri’s fan base.
- As the audience waved, screamed, and sung, it was clear that they were in complete ecstasy.
- All of the people working behind the counters, collecting tickets, and doing clean-up claimed they were rooting for Mexico.
- They said it was because we were in Texas and because our pals were from there.
Any bad conduct from Mexico’s supporter section has been tamed if Wednesday’s game is any indication of what is to come in the future, which is excellent news for a squad that will soon face bigger and more tough games.
What You Need to Know About the ‘Puto’ Chant (spoiler: Don’t Use It)
Major League Soccer is strangely determined to get the common cry of “You Suck, Asshole” removed from their stadiums, despite widespread opposition. However, during goal kicks, spectators have begun chanting something else, which is perhaps much worse than before. In Issue Ten of The Blizzard, Nicolas Poppe examines an intriguing trend: the increasing adoption of the “Puto” chant in casual conversation. The cry, which is widely used in Mexico, has just recently begun to acquire popularity in the United States.
- He was correct, but the situation has only gotten worse since then.
- FIFA conducted an investigation and found no evidence of misconduct, but, sigh, does it really matter that much?
- Vicefeatured a rather briefsoundbites debateabout the word.
- chicanoLGBT ally, to analyse this argument from a language, cultural, and practical point of view.
- When translated from Spanish into English, the termputameans prostitute.
- In this case, the termputo refers to a male prostitute in the masculine gender.
- But here’s where things get tricky, because this is a cultural issue: Who knows how many female Johns there are in the world.
As a result, aputoisde factoa guy who engages in sexual encounters with other men in exchange for money.
I grew up in the United States, where I learned to speak macho Spanish, but I’ve also lived and worked in Spain, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua.
Have you received a large tax bill from Uncle Sam recently?
Is it possible that your employer just gave you a crappy assignment?
Putois is thus used in a similar way to the words “bloody” in the United Kingdom and “fucking” in the United States, among other places.
The chant is only a reflection of the ugliness of the language reality that exists in Latin America and Spain.
And here’s when things get strange: As concerned activists, what do you do when confronted with a heterosexist phrase that has become so ingrained in society that its meaning is arguably no longer accurate?
who maintains the great websiteFutbol de Cafe, it became evident that the typicalEl Trifan does not mean “gay” or “queer,” but rather “coward.” And that has some basis in terms of the situation.
Consequently, do words have diverse meanings for different individuals and in different contexts?
However, I find the connotation of “puto” with “coward” to be much more troublesome.
It brings back memories of my childhood, when the term “gay” was occasionally used in place of the word “dumb.” Tolerance.
Theputochant is a type of bigotry and homophobia, and the speakers should be educated rather than reprimanded for their actions.
And then a curious thing happened: I stopped hearing that particular term in my immediate vicinity.
Couldn’t we simply have a wonderful Michelada and shoutpendejoinstead of shoutingputo when a goalie kicks a hopeless long ball forward instead of doing so?
If you can’t explain to someone who is quietly heterosexist why they are being hurtful, you have little prospect of altering their behavior or attitudes. Don’t transform a potential ally into a potential adversary. And, of course, don’t hold your breath for the FIFA World Cup to begin.
Homophobic chants grind Mexico football match to a halt as players are sent off the pitch
During a match between Cruz Azul and Monterrey, which was taking place as part of the Concacaf Champions League 2021, players leave the field when the game is halted owing to a racist chant from the crowd. (Photo courtesy of Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images) ) Homophobic shouts brought a Mexican football match to a grinding halt, with players being escorted off the field in protest. In the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League semi-final second leg in Mexico City, when Cruz Azul defeated Monterrey, players were forced to leave the field for around ten minutes.
- At the moment, Cruz Azul was behind Monterry 4-1 in the match.
- It was the “goalie chant,” in which Mexican fans sing “ehhh…” as the opponent’s goalkeeper lines up a goal kick until the kick is followed by a yell of “p**o!” – an anti-gay slang term for a male sexual worker – that set the tone for the game.
- It is necessary to remove players from the field in order to implement step two of the procedure against the slogan, which has been screamed frequently throughout the night.
- The date is September 17, 2021.
Football body condemns ‘offensive and discriminatory’ homophobic chant
“Offensive and discriminatory” remarks were made by a member of the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Organisation Football, also known as Concacaf, according to the football association. According to a news release on the Concacaf website, a “significant number” of Cruz Azul fans participated in the chart. It was noted that “we praise the officials for appropriately triggering the anti-discrimination protocol, and we commend stadium security for ejecting hundreds of Cruz Azul fans after the match was halted.” “Through its What’s Wrong Is Wrong campaign, the Confederation has actively emphasized to football fans for several months that these forms of behavior have no place in the game.
- In accordance with the Concacaf’s anti-discriminatory language rules, the game had to be temporarily halted as players from both teams went off the field and retreated to their respective locker rooms for a brief period of time.
- September 17, 2021, courtesy of Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon).
- In this case, the game would have been stopped completely.
- The game ended with Monterrey advancing to the finals with a 5-1 aggregate score.
The sport’s main regulator FIFA imposed a spectator ban on two World Cup qualifying matches in June after Mexico supporters refused to stop hurling the homophobic epithet “p**o” at opposition players. It was the second time in as many months that this happened.
Fans’ controversial chant a big challenge for soccer federation
News Mexican football supporters give voice to their shout during a game in the year 2019.
Soccer authorities continue their efforts to change fan behavior and stop the ‘Eh, puto’ chant
Released on Friday, May 28, 2021 (in the future). The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) hopes that with the support of its players and the collaboration of spectators, it will be able to eliminate a chant that is deemed anti-gay in Mexican soccer. During this summer’s men’s national team matches, the FMF will enforce a three-step anti-discrimination policy created by FIFA, the world regulatory body, according to ESPN. It is common for opposing goalkeepers to hear the contentious “Eh, puto” shout as they approach the goal line in preparation for a goal kick.
- Yon de Luisa, the head of the Mexican Football Federation, stated that FIFA had punished Mexico 11 times for the chant, emphasizing that it is not the image that Mexico should be sending to the rest of the world.
- This is a difficult task for us.
- Several members of the Mexico national team appeared in a 2019 video in which they urged supporters to refrain from chanting the chant.
- and that we are directly impacting our idols,” De Luisa added.
His words were taken literally: “The FIFAon is not just interrupting the match, but even losing points or sending the national team out of the competition.” “We are not going to play with that.” I believe that once everyone — players, coaches, clubs, and members of the media — grasped this concept, we were able to alter our approach.” When the shouts are heard, the first stage in FIFA’s policy is to call a halt to the game, make a statement in the stadium, and remove any offenders who can be recognized from the stadium.
- If the shouts emanate from various portions of the stadium, this might happen more than once in one game.
- The referee has the ability to call a timeout if this does not resolve the situation.
- However, if it becomes necessary, it will be completed.” The FMF’s work began in the spring of 2019.
- Despite a brief pause in 2020 owing to the coronavirus outbreak, the campaign to modify fan behavior has resumed in preparation for the summer 2021 season.
It was also heard during the CONCACAF Olympic qualification competition, which took place earlier this month. De Luisa emphasized his optimism that, by starting now, Mexico would be able to prevent discriminatory practices during the 2026 North America World Cup in the United States. Source:ESPN(en)
Fined by FIFA, Mexico Tries, Again, to Banish a Homophobic Chant by Its Fans (Published 2018)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In a fresh push to remove a homophobic song that has been a staple at the team’s matches for years, Mexico’s soccer federation and at least two of its top players turned to social media on Thursday to call for the elimination of the slogan. The move comes a day after FIFA penalized Mexico $10,000 for its fans’ use of the racial epithet “puto” during the country’s World Cup opener on Sunday, and as FIFA warned Mexico that more serious repercussions would follow if the shouting did not cease.
He wrote this on his Instagram account, where it was posted under the less visible Stories section rather than his usual feed.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, he said, “Let us demonstrate that our values as Mexicans are those of respect and cordiality.” “Now that we have been welcomed with open arms, it is time to demonstrate that we are wonderful visitors.” Mexico’s soccer association also sent out messages on its Spanish- and English-language Twitter accounts, advising supporters to refrain from repeating the chant.
Following the announcement of the ban, FIFA said that it would take a “zero-tolerance attitude to discrimination” against Mexico’s World Cup team, and ESPN claimed that stadium monitors will begin to identify and expel spectators who participated in the practice.
Those regulations, however, were not followed during Sunday’s encounter, in which Mexico overcame Germany 1-0 in extra time.
In a statement to the Mexican newspaper Reforma on the eve of the World Cup, one supporter said, “It has become our battle cry.” According to the publication, the “puto” shout was heard among arriving fans even at the Moscow airport, and it has been heard on the city’s streets and in the city’s subways since the start of the tournament.
- Known as Chicharito, Hernández blasted it in a public service broadcast that was released in 2016.
- As recently as 2016, critics called for the closure of a gay nightclub popular with Latinos in Orlando, which had been targeted in a massacre the previous year.
- The federation’s persistent efforts to suppress the chant were even referenced in a list of so-called ” standards of civility ” it released before the competition for supporters traveling to Russia in preparation for the game.
- The effort, however, was swiftly abandoned when considerable outcry — even from the Russian ambassador to Mexico — was voiced in opposition.
It was reported in the Spanish daily El Pas that Eduard Malayán, the ambassador to the United States, commented, “We are not so foolish to comprehend it’s a play on words.”
FIFA sanctions Mexico to 2 games behind closed doors for fans’ homophobic chant
FIFA has ordered Mexico to play its next two World Cup qualifying home games behind closed doors as a result of the continued usage of a homophobic chant by its fans, as sanctioned by the organization. In addition, El Tri has been fined 100,000 Swiss francs, which is the equivalent of approximately $109,771 in U.S. dollars. Mexico’s next three World Cup qualifying matches — on November 12 against the United States Men’s National Team, on November 16 against Canada, and on January 27 against Jamaica — will not be played at home.
- Following the use of the homophobic slur during a CONCACAF Olympic qualification match earlier this year, the Mexican national team was punished by FIFA with a two-game ban, which was announced in June.
- The squad was given permission to bring fans to their next World Cup qualifying encounter against Canada on October 7.
- As a result of FIFA’s first punishment, Yon de Luisa, the president of the Mexican soccer federation, stated that the country’s participation in the 2026 World Cup — which will be held by the United States, Canada, and Mexico — may be jeopardized if the chanting continued.
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How will this affect Mexico’s qualification process?
Even though El Tri has advanced to the final against longtime enemies the United States, its fans continue to create headlines for all the wrong reasons. After homophobic chanting from Mexico’s fans prompted their Gold Cup semi-final match against Canada to be called off by match officials, the country faces further punishment from the international governing body FIFA. When the clock was stopped on Thursday, there were only two minutes left on the clock. The unsavory conduct of people in the spectators compelled the referee to intervene and call a halt to play.
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What is the chant?
According to legend, Mexico fans invented the cry in the early 2000s, when they yelled a homophobic epithet before an opposing goalie was about to attempt a penalty kick. The behavior is said to be designed to scare and distract competitors, with supporters arguing that the phrases have different cultural meanings, although there have been repeated requests for them to cease such activities. Yon de Luisa, the president of the Mexican federation, stated earlier in 2021: “It is not the motive with which you yell or scream that is important.
It all depends on how the other person interprets it. If somebody believes that it is a discriminating conduct, then it is not something that should be brought up in a discussion. That is no longer a point of contention. If anything is discriminatory, it should be avoided.”
What action have FIFA taken?
The Mexican Football Federation was fined $65,000 and ordered to play two official home matches behind closed doors in June 2021 after homophobic chanting were heard during an Olympic qualifying match. Additionally, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee launched an investigation against Mexico following a friendly against Iceland in Arlington, Texas, in May, during which the same songs were shouted. An additional nation to have been punished is Hungary, which was hit with a fine in 2017 after fans hurled homophobic comments at Cristiano Ronaldo from the stands.
Will further action be taken?
Mexico has already been punished on many times, with the shout in issue being heard during both the 2014 and 2018 World Cups, and further sanctions are expected in the near future, according to reports. When asked about the disciplinary sanctions that FIFA is considering, De Luisa responded, “I’d want to remind you of the disciplinary measures that FIFA is discussing.” “Fines are the first step, followed by playing one or two games behind closed doors — which is exactly what we’re concerned with today, along with the fine — deduction of points, losing matches and exclusion from a championship or tournament, and relegation for clubs.
That is the current state of affairs.” It is unclear whether any punishments would be enforced ahead of the Gold Cup final, which will take place on Sunday and will pit Mexico against the United States.
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