‘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.
- While the Mexican soccer association first refused to accept that the song was racist, they have since changed their minds and are putting all they have into eliminating the slogan. Specifically addressing the chant, the FMF has launched an anti-discrimination campaign, in which it is encouraging supporters to avoid from doing so. 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 detected. As a result, match organizers are expected to follow a new three-step methodology, which was implemented by FIFA in 2019 for any instances of discrimination:
Even though officials didn’t accept that the chant was discriminatory until a few years ago, they are now throwing all they have at it in an effort to put an end to it. Specifically addressing the cry, the FMF has launched an anti-discrimination campaign, in which they are encouraging supporters to avoid from using it. They have collaborated with match organizers on public address announcements and video board messages, informing misbehaving spectators that they would be expelled from the stadium if they are detected.
FIFA sanctions for homophobic chants
Even though officials didn’t accept that the chant was discriminatory until a few years ago, they are now pulling out all of the stops in an effort to put 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. They have collaborated with match organizers on public address announcements and video board messages, informing misbehaving spectators that they would be expelled from the stadium if they are detected.
Mexico tries to kick homophobic chant out of football
At every goal kick taken by the Panamanian goalie, the tension in the stadium could be felt, as if everyone could hear the prayers of the Mexican Football Federation’s top brass, who pleaded with the fans not to say anything offensive. A homophobic insult that Mexican football supporters frequently use towards the other team’s goalkeeper as he takes a goal kick is denoted by the word “puto.” With FIFA’s sanctioning of the practice 14 times since 2015, the football-crazed nation has found itself in hot water.
- Mexico is hardly alone in having to cope with racial or homophobic slurs yelled from the stands during sporting events.
- The Mexican Football Federation, in collaboration with the country’s first division, Liga MX, has undertaken a drive to do the seemingly impossible: to eradicate the shout “Eeeeh, puto!” from the game’s lexicon.
- “It is not appropriate to prevent us from shouting it.
- Nobody gets wounded,” Eusebio Valdez, a 52-year-old supporter of “El Tri” who was present at the game, stated “at the Estadio Azteca, which is Mexico’s greatest stadium.
- They’re referred described as battle screams “Valdez spoke to AFP about the situation.
- “Football is broadcasted over a massive loudspeaker.
- In permitting prejudice in football, we are implicitly accepting it in other areas as well “The FMF is collaborating with the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED), a government agency that is in charge of preventing discrimination, to launch its campaign.
The term, which loosely translates as “faggot” in Mexican Spanish, is often used to disparage a person’s manhood in Mexico.
The slogan spread swiftly, and it was soon heard during Mexico’s national team games.
In his words, “If we don’t find a solution to this problem before the World Cup qualifiers begin in 2020, it would jeopardize our chances of participating.” “We have a history of misbehaving.
even a restraining order” It is a problem that affects the entire planet.
After receiving complaints of racist behavior by fans, UEFA ordered Romania, Hungary, and Slovakia to play their next home matches behind closed doors last month.
– The carrot and the stick A huge public relations campaign, consisting of both carrots and sticks, has been launched by the FMF and Liga MX in an attempt to avert a worst-case situation.
“Say anything you want, just don’t say anything that will get us sent off,” stated a video aired on the stadium’s large screens, which featured Mexican football luminaries, including international goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who is considered a national idol.
According to media sources, 30 people were expelled.
Furthermore, Liga MX has announced severe punishments for first-division matches.
“It is going to be beneficial to football.
We shouldn’t all be forced to bear the consequences of the conduct of a few individuals “Erick Ramirez, an 18-year-old fan at the Mexico-Panama game, shared his thoughts. This is an excellent moment to act because the World Cup will be held shortly. AFP (American Federation of Press)
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”
Referees have the option of pausing the game after the first incident to have the public address announcer notify the crowd of the potential ramifications of the event. The campaign’s message is straightforward: “Don’t forget who we actually are as Mexicans, and support us without alienating those around us.” Immediately after that message are emojis depicting the Mexican flag, muscular contraction, and flames. It also includes an emoji of a shouting fan, which is followed by the symbol for “no entry.” The hashtag for the campaign is #SupportWithoutOffending.
- It doesn’t make a difference.
- Mexico’s football federation is ready to inform its supporters that FIFA would punish the organization if the chanting continue.
- Mexico might lose games and money as a result of the remarks.
- That is, of course, an extreme scenario, but it is a possibility.
Even if FIFA’s warnings did not loom over the Mexican Football Federation, the country’s fans could do better. A passion for El Tri was inherited by many of us who were born in the United States, thanks to the influence of our parents.
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
El Tri played at the Los Angeles Coliseum or the Rose Bowl, and I grew up going to see them play. We were able to see all of El Tri’s World Cup games on TV. These feelings of affection have been passed down to me by my children. Every time I’ve seen El Tri, whether it was at NRG Stadium in Houston, AT T Stadium in Dallas, Aztec Stadium, or the Rose Bowl or Coliseum in Los Angeles, I’ve felt completely secure. “Ehhhhhhhhh… Puto!” chanted by the majority of the crowd, I wonder whether homosexual supporters felt the same sense of relief.
- Also, it’s used to intimidate and harass homosexual males on the streets.
- Better than that, I think we should be.
- Mexico’s de Luisa wants its followers to be aware of what is at stake.
- Mexicans consider them to be national heroes.
- Children pay attention to them, for better or ill.
What Mexican Fans Really Mean When They Chant Puto at the World Cup
After the Mexico vs. Croatia FIFA World Cup match, Mexican supporters erupted in applause. Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images contributed to this image. If you paid careful attention during Mexico’s play against Croatia on Monday, you could have heard fans of El Tri chanting the Spanish wordputo during goal kicks during the game. Contrary to popular belief, the term puto does not refer to a point or a punt. It is true that the phrase is an obvious anti-gay slur, albeit one that is fairly grammatically clever, which is why its usage by Mexican supporters has been so contentious during this World Cup in Russia.
Despite promises to the contrary, ESPN did not tone down the slur during their broadcast on Monday night.
To divert the opposition team’s goalkeeper’s attention away from his duties, fans yellputo, which loosely translates as “gay prostitute,” at him.
A very particular homophobic double-entendre is being used in this instance, playing on the notion of allowing someone to “score a goal on you.” To score a goal in Spanish is referred to as “meter un gol.” That literally translates as “to put a goal in,” therefore when a goaltender fails to do his or her duty properly, hedejó que se la metieran, or “allowed someone to stick it in,” is used.
- FIFA is shrugging its shoulders in this issue since, while the Mexican cry is plainly insulting, it is not an explicitfaggot (or maricón in this instance).
- According to others, faggot and homosexual whore are not nearly the same thing, despite the fact that the venom of their intentions is difficult to distinguish.
- The most straightforward answer would be to outlaw all versions of the p-word.
- The English equivalent forputais alsofuck, since it may be conjugated in a variety of ways that are comparable to the Spanish.
- “This fucking cold”:este puto fro (this fucking cold).
- Forbiddingputa, like forbiddingfuck, is a complete and utter moron.
- We are not, of course, going to eliminate the terms eitherputaorputofrom everyday speech.
- A part of me wants to think that something was lost in translation and that, if FIFA truly understood and felt the insult, it would respond differently than it has thus far.
- The Mexican team’s officials, on the other hand, are well-versed in the language of putomeans.
- When it comes to societal dialogues that lead to change, sports can be a powerful tool, as we’ve seen with the way the NBA handled the Donald Sterling situation with the Clippers or the rising outrage over the name of a particular Washington NFL club.
But they chose not to. Instead, they decided to accept the term as a part of their cultural heritage. We shouldn’t have to rely on a FIFA judgment to tell us that something is wrong, but it would have been a step in the right way if it had happened.
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.
Mexican soccer fans need to stop this homophobic chant
Because of Mexico’s historic defeat to Chile in the Copa America quarterfinals on Saturday night, it’s possible that the country’s soccer supporters may not be in the mood to celebrate much in the next week. My countrymen, on the other hand, are well-known for two quite distinct types of festivities during brighter times. The first of them is referred to as the “Mexican wave.” Initially seen during the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico City, the wave is considered to be a magnificent work of coordination.
- Additionally, there was the rumble of boots beating on concrete, and the hum of the ancient Mexican coliseum was audible.
- After a lengthy “aaaah!” and imitating the sound of a wave crashing into the shore, my dad, sister, and I all rose up and cheered.
- The second well-known Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos, is not particularly enjoyable.
- The roots of the chant are unclear, and in the end, they are inconsequential.
- In Mexico, the word “puto” may have a variety of distinct connotations, much to the word “madre,” which can imply everything from a term of love to a stunning insult depending on context.
- All of this may not be of concern to FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, including: As a matter of fact, worse things have been said from the stands in both Mexico and around the world.
- FIFA has repeatedly threatened the Mexican soccer federation with a series of sanctions, including the possibility of playing upcoming World Cup qualifiers in empty stadiums, in an attempt to get the fans to stop chanting the phrase during international competition.
To counter the offensive slogan, Mexico’s national team has created a couple of reasonable campaigns, in which the players implore fans to desist from participating in it.
“Stop right now!” Talavera, along with colleagues Jess Corona and Guillermo Ochoa, subsequently reaffirms their position.
It was possible to hear the chant “Eeeh, puto” louder than ever before throughout the country’s matches in the ongoing Copa America competition in the United States of America.
team plays Argentina on Tuesday in Houston and when Colombia faces Chile Wednesday in Chicago.
In contrast to the horrific racist shouts heard in Europe, some have contended that Mexican supporters do not mean to be homophobic.
Having grown up as a longtime Mexican soccer fan who has heard and spat his fair share of obscenities, I’m not convinced that the crowd’s conduct is motivated solely by a desire to debate the rival goalkeeper’s sexual orientation, as some have claimed.
It is not the origin of the chant that is important, but rather its harmful and unpleasant impact.
(However, resolving the issue in the country’s domestic league is a whole different story.) While this is going on, organizations such as Univision (where I work) are taking steps to combat the chant.
Unfortunately, during the Copa America, Mexican supporters appeared to be impervious to any form of persuasion.
Even worse, as soon as it became evident that Mexico was about to suffer its most humiliating defeat in the country’s lengthy history of official competition, Mexican fans began chanting “Eeeh, puto!” at their own goalie, Guillermo Ochoa, who was visibly taken aback by the situation.
As a temporary measure, they would do well to recall one of the first things every Mexican child learns in school — the words of Benito Juárez, one of Mexico’s most revered political figures and the country’s only Mesoamerican Indian president, who said, “The respect for an undefended right is the preservation of peace.
” Respect for others is, without a doubt, the path to peace.
Mexico Fans Are Still Using Anti-Gay Chant And They Probably Don’t Even Care
This summer, everybody who has attended, or even simply seen on television, one of Mexico’s Gold Cup matches will agree that the following is true: During opponent goal kicks, El Tri fans are still chanting anti-gay slogans, according to the club. Fans appear to be unconcerned with the fact that it is unmistakably anti-gay, and they continue to use it despite tepid, unsuccessful attempts by the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to stop them. As the Mexican national team prepares to face the United States Men’s National Team in the Gold Cup final on Sunday evening, Concacaf must remind supporters that the chant is insulting and has no place in sports.
- For those who are unfamiliar, Mexican supporters (and many others around Latin America) chant “puto” after their team’s goalkeepers concede a free kick (usually goal kicks).
- pic.twitter.com/xRiIRLDzN2 To be clear, it makes absolutely no difference whether or not supporters feel the chant is anti-gay – it is categorically homophobic regardless of what individuals who use it believe about homosexuality.
- The FMF, Concacaf, and FIFA all need to do more to put an end to it.
- “The goal-kick cry from Mexican supporters is insulting, has no place in football, and must be stopped,” said a statement from Concacaf, according to ESPN.
- During the 2018 World Cup, FIFA was able to effectively put an end to the chant by threatening to take away culprits’ Fan IDs, which would prevent them from attending any further World Cup matches.
- It’s a rather straightforward remedy, assuming those in power are truly committed to making it happen.
- FIFA has developed a three-step anti-discrimination monitoring system that requires a match to be stopped before it may be suspended and finally abandoned if prejudice is shown to be ongoing.
- In June, I was in attendance for the Mexico-Canada match in Denver and could hear the shout from the press box, proving that the referee was not deafeningly deafeningly deaf.
- This means that Mexico will have to demonstrate that it is serious about addressing this issue, or else it will face repercussions on the road to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
- When Mexico and the United States meet in the Gold Cup final on Sunday in Chicago, you’ll likely hear the song repeated a few more times as Zack Steffen prepares to take goal kicks for his country.
It will continue until Concacaf and the FMF demonstrate that they are serious about putting an end to it, because supporters have made it plain that they do not care about being homophobic.
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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)
What You Need to Know About the ‘Puto’ Chant (spoiler: Don’t Use It)
Major League Soccer is strangely determined to have the pervasive chant of “You Suck, Asshole” removed from its 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 somewhat briefsoundbites debateabout the term.
- 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 sticky, because this is a cultural issue: Who knows how many female Johns there are in the world.
As a result, aputoisde factoa male who engages in sexual relationships 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 boss 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 merely a reflection of the ugliness of the linguistic reality that exists in Latin America and Spain.
And here’s where things get strange: As concerned activists, what do you do when confronted with a heterosexist term that has become so ingrained in society that its meaning is arguably no longer accurate?
who runs the excellent websiteFutbol de Cafe, it became clear that the typicalEl Trifan does not mean “fag” or “queer,” but rather “coward.” And that has some support in terms of the context.
Consequently, do words have different meanings for different people and in different contexts?
However, I find the connotation of “puto” with “coward” to be even more problematic.
It brings back memories of my childhood, when the term “gay” was occasionally used in place of the word “stupid.” Tolerance.
Theputochant is a form of prejudice and homophobia, and the speakers should be educated rather than reprimanded for their actions.
And then a funny thing happened: I stopped hearing that particular expression in my immediate vicinity.
Couldn’t we just share a tasty 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 subtly heterosexist why they are being offensive, you have little hope of changing their behavior or attitudes. Don’t turn a potential ally into a potential adversary. And, of course, don’t hold your breath for the FIFA World Cup to begin.
Soccer’s homophobic chant that won’t go away
In 2013, I was 15 years old when the United States men’s national soccer team played a World Cup qualifier against its archrival Mexico in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico. After the game concluded in a 0-0 draw, there was a lot to be desired, but the energy and emotion I felt from Mexico’s fans watching on television was something I’ll never forget. Every tackle and judgment by the referee was welcomed with a degree of hatred that I had never seen before in a sporting environment. The greatest and most powerful demonstration of the night occurred after each United States goal kick, when the crowd jeered the goalie with a “Ehhhh” that became louder and louder until the audio over the television became muffled and distorted, signaling the end of the game.
At the time, this extraordinary exhibition of emotion seemed to me to be out of this world.
Since then, I’ve been annoyed by the way it’s been translated, which I discovered pretty immediately after the match.
The intention of the song, according to many Latinx soccer supporters, is to make the opposition goalie feel like he is a lesser human being.
Given this gray area, the debate over whether this disgusting and egregiously homophobic slogan should be sanctioned or ignored resurfaces and fades with each major international tournament, increasing the dissatisfaction of the LGBTQ+ and surrounding communities.
Prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017, FIFA launched a campaign called “Say No To Racism,” which is just one of many embarrassing attempts to salvage face before key tournaments.
In principle, it’s a fantastic strategy, but do you recall the last time anything like this happened during a soccer match?
Suspending a match has far-reaching consequences that exceed the benefits of achieving equality, as seen by FIFA’s decision to delegate this option to the referee.
As a result, if FIFA truly encouraged their referees to be outspoken opponents of prejudice by assuring their physical safety and job security, there would very certainly be less instances of matches being delayed or suspended.
The Mexican Football Federation’s cutetweetor Facebook post will simply serve to incite even more fervor among its supporters.
Efforts to curb this conduct in Major League Soccer in the United States have taken form, and they have proven to be successful.
Despite their significant monetary value, these adjustments are far too few and far between for a problem that has existed for decades.
When it comes to soccer’s Biggest Brother, should equality take precedence before profit? Only time will tell if this is true. Spencer Golanka is the sports editor for the publication. You may reach him at. Follow him on Twitter, where he goes by the handle @sgolanka.