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 chant has been used by Mexican fans at club and national team games since the early 2000s, but it gained 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 disciplined by FIFA on a number of occasions, with the number of times becoming difficult to keep track of.
- However, the severity of the consequences is increasing.
- The sanction included a $65,000 fine and two official home matches played behind closed doors in the following months.
- Also in connection with homophobic chants by Mexican fans during a friendly against Iceland in Arlington, Texas, in May 2021, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee opened a separate 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.
‘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.”
Mexican soccer fan: ‘Puto’ is a gay slur
Every time the Guatemalan goalkeeper kicked the ball into play during Sunday’s 0-0 tie between Mexico and Guatemala at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, you would have heard Mexican fans yell ” puto!” in celebration. We wrote extensively on why putois a homophobic slur during the World Cup last year, and yet the term continues to be defended by multitudes of people (including many Mexican players who say it is not meant that way). Thank you for your understanding, but it is an offensive term even after Mexico supporters were cleared during last year’s World Cup.
I asked Andres Aradillas-Lopez, an economist at Penn State who was born and bred in Mexico and who still supports El Tricolor, to explain why the chant is considered a slur once again, given that it is making headlines once again.
Here’s what he had to say in response: “Once again, an international soccer competition provides an opportunity for Mexican soccer supporters to demonstrate their obnoxious chant, “puto,” to an international audience.
In their view, “puto” in a broad sense simply refers to someone who suffers from a “loss of masculinity,” and does not necessarily relate to someone who is gay.” What they fail to mention is that the name’puto’has historically been a disparaging epithet used against homosexual men and, as such, is a gay slur in its own right.
These decisions are made by the groups that have been VICTIMIZED by the symbols in question.” And this is not up for argument, even among the most ardent puto-apologists: practically every homosexual male in Mexico has been called “puto” in an aggressive, threatening, or disparaging manner at some time in his or her life.
To think that this stupid cry has just emerged as Mexico’s most well-known gift to the world of sports is a terrible commentary on the country.” The country of Mexico does not have a homophobic culture, yet for some reason soccer supporters develop a mob mentality and begin yelling this slur incessantly.
Regardless, it has to come to an end.” I don’t anticipate ” puto ” to come to a halt during soccer games, and I fully expect its defenders to become entangled in the process of protecting it.
After all, the Confederate flag was still flying on many public buildings in the United States until a few weeks ago, and it had staunch defenders, demonstrating that eliminating symbols of hate takes time and effort. Related:
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
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.
FIFA Bans Spectators At 2 Mexico World Cup Qualifying Matches Over Homophobic Chants
On Monday, FIFA sanctioned Mexico, prohibiting fans from attending the national team’s next two World Cup qualifying home matches and fining the national federation nearly $110,000 for spectators’ persistent use of homophobic chants. This is the latest action in response to the long-standing practice of supporters shouting anti-gay slurs during games, which has been condemned by the International Olympic Committee.
On October 10, 2021, in Mexico City, a general view of the ceremonial preceding the match between Mexico and Honduras, which was part of the Concacaf.2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying tournament. Jam Media/Getty Images photo courtesy of Mauricio Salas/Jam Media). Photographs courtesy of Getty Images
FIFA criticized the usage of a Spanish slur by spectators during matches against Canada and Honduras earlier this month as “discriminatory conduct.” As a result, the Mexican soccer federation’s home matches against Costa Rica and Panama next year will be played without a live crowd, resulting in millions of dollars in lost income for the federation. The International Football Association Federation (FIFA) initially banned supporters from Mexico’s first two World Cup qualifying games because of anti-gay chants, but then reduced the punishment to to one game after a plea from the national soccer league.
For years, the Mexican national team has been plagued by anti-gay chanting from its fans, despite repeated pledges of reform from the Mexican Football Federation. In the past, FIFA’s response was mostly restricted to penalties, but the organization has recently begun to tighten its belt.
The number of LGBTQ persons who were slain in Mexico in 2019 was 117, an increase of nearly a third over the previous year figure.
In response to another homophobic chant, Mexico will play further World Cup qualifiers without the support of the crowd. (Source: Yahoo Sports) ” Mexico will play two World Cup qualifying matches in an empty stadium.” (Source: Associated Press) Due to anti-gay chanting, fans were barred from attending two World Cup qualifying games in Mexico. (Source: The Hill) ” FIFA bans Mexico from playing two games in front of a closed audience due to homophobic chanting by fans.” (Source: The Athletic) Discrimination and hazards exist for Indigenous LGBTQ people in Mexico, according to the article.
Starting on June 3 in the United States, the highly anticipated Copa América Centenario soccer competition will get underway, and millions of soccer fans from across the world will be tuning in to witness the action. Due to the possibility of hearing a homophobic chant, “eeehhh puto,” which is slang for “hey fag*ot,” it is possible that these supporters may be disturbed. More information can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/news/business/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/
Let’s talk about that word: Mexico’s soccer team and anti-gay epithets
The Copa América Centenario soccer event, which will be watched by millions of soccer fans across the world, will begin in the United States on June 3rd, and will conclude on June 30th. It’s possible that these supporters may hear a homophobic chant, “eeehhh puto,” which translates as “hey fag*ot,” which they would interpret negatively. More information can be found at http://www.nytimes.com/news/business/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/business-news/a
Ten Big Accomplishments in Spanish-Language and Latino Media in 2014
In our work at GLAAD, we are frequently asked how LGBT equality is progressing in Latino communities in the United States and in Spanish-speaking nations. The answer isn’t straightforward, and neither is a simple “yes” or “no.” It is, on the other hand, complicated, much like the world in which we find ourselves. There have been numerous losses, but there have also been some victories. Let us take a moment to recognize and appreciate the positive highlights of the year, because there were many of them.
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Organizaciones LGBT y sus aliados exigen que FIFA responda a la homofobia en el futbol
GLAAD joined forces with a number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations from the United States, Mexico, Argentina, and Europe to send a letter to FIFA requesting that the organization take concrete steps to combat homophobia in football, something that FIFA did not do during the World Cup. Even though FIFA rules state that fans who use derogatory language or engage in discriminatory behavior will be expelled from games, the organization did nothing when fans chanted the derogatory term “puto” during games between Mexico and Cameroon and Mexico and Brazil, respectively, during the 2014 World Cup.
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Mexican coach defends use of shameful slur, FIFA investigates
Several reports have surfaced in recent days stating that FIFA is investigating Mexican fans of the national soccer team, the Tri (and maybe Brazilian fans as well) for their alleged usage of the disparaging term “puto.” Miraculously enough, Mexico’s coach, Miguel Herrera, has justified the usage of the phrase by saying it is “not that horrible.” Incredibly, neither FIFA nor Mexican soccer have done anything more to address this issue, nor have they done anything sooner to remedy the situation.
Even the Mexican agency that investigates prejudice has taken a stance against the usage of this term, noting that it is not “a custom,” but rather reckless and has taken a stand against it.
- Gerardo Torrado, the sports director of the Mexican National Team, is concerned that greater punishment would be meted out if the team’s fans continue to use a homophobic chant that has already resulted in FIFA prohibiting fans from attending two World Cup qualifying matches on home soil. FIFA sanctioned Mexico on June 18, ordering the national team to play away games against Jamaica in September and Canada in October without the support of the home crowd. According to FIFA, two incidences occurred during two Olympic qualifier matches in Guadalajara on March 18 and Match 24 in which Mexico fans shouted the homophobic slogan. According to Torrado, “If we don’t have an opportunity to participate in the World Cup, it will be devastating for everyone – for us as a federation, for the players, and for the fans and supporters as well,” the newspaper reported. Consequently, we require their continued support, but in a positive manner. Mexico is slated to meet Panama on June 30 at Nissan Stadium as part of its MexTour exhibitions leading up to the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which begins on July 10 in San Salvador, Costa Rica. The encounter in Nashville will be Mexico’s first since FIFA issued its punishment against the national team last month. Nonetheless, FIFA has launched a separate inquiry into an incident involving anti-gay chants that occurred during a MexTour match on May 29 at AT T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. On June 6, the cry prompted the suspension of play during Mexico’s CONCACAF Nations League Final match versus the United States. “We want to make it clear to them (the supporters) that we will not win anything if they continue to yell in this manner,” Torrado stated. “We are not assisting our team in achieving success and competing for all of the things that we desire.” Torrado stressed the importance of having Mexico’s fans in attendance, as well as the ramifications of more punishments in World Cup qualifiers for the country of Mexico. “In certain cases, when you are not having the best match and you choose to flip over and see all of the people that are rooting for you, they are providing you with the extra energy that you need to keep going. It’s really fantastic “Torrado said himself. “I believe we are shooting ourselves in the foot if we are not permitted to have it because we are not acting properly.” Torrado applauded the Mexico supporters in Atlanta for their behavior during the team’s match against Honduras on June 12. He stated that the fans “behaved incredibly nicely” and did not yell “goalie” at their goalkeeper. Torrado was a midfielder for “El Tri” for 14 years (1999-2013), during which time he won three Gold Cups and one Confederations Cup while earning 139 appearances. During my time as a player, I had the opportunity to witness firsthand how polite or how excellent the Mexican fans are, according to Torrado. In order to maintain our positive attitude toward the team while refraining from yelling this discriminating conversation, we must maintain our current course. Drake Hills may be reached at [email protected] if you have any stories concerning Nashville SC or soccer in Tennessee. Drake may be found on Twitter with the handle @LiveLifeDrake. Drake Hills Soccer may be found on Instagram at @drakehillssoccer.
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)
Mexico’s World Cup qualifier against Canada paused due to “offensive chants”
Following complaints of homophobic shouting during Mexico’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier versus Canada at the Azteca Stadium, the game was called off after 59 minutes. After “offensive chanting,” according to a tweet from Mexico’s national team account, the game was momentarily halted. The game was re-started after 61 minutes, according to the message. According to the Canadian team’s Twitter feed, a warning had been sent throughout the stadium. As a result of homophobic chants heard during Mexico’s Olympic qualification matches against the Dominican Republic and the United States in March, FIFA ordered two home games to be played without fans.
During Mexico’s match against Canada at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Houston, Texas, in July, play was halted due to homophobic chanting from the crowd.
Other national federations, including Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay, have been fined by FIFA for homophobic chants during World Cup qualifiers, and in July, UEFA banned Hungary’s supporters from watching two matches due to “discriminatory behavior of their supporters,” which included accusations of homophobia and racism.
Canada earned a historic 1-1 draw at the Azteca Stadium, scoring its first goal at the stadium in 41 years, as both sides retained their automatic qualifying berths for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar next year.
Eight teams will compete for a spot in the World Cup, with the top three teams qualifying to the finals and the fourth team progressing to an intercontinental playoff.
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 to play two World Cup qualifiers without fans due to use of homophobic chant
Despite the fact that “No Soy Monedita de Oro” is a well-known song in Mexico, it is not widely regarded as a national image in the same way as, for example, “El Rey” or thehimno nacional are. Nonetheless, the Cuco Sánchez composition is likely the greatest way to explain why Mexican soccer supporters will continue to cry “Ehhhh, puto!” at matches until El Tri finally wins the FIFA World Cup—which, in this case, will be till the end of the universe. 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 not a gold moneditor/Pa’ caerles bien a todos.” To put it another way, “IDGAF what you believe.” A three-minute self-pitying masterpiece, it combines Mexican uniqueness with fatalistic outlook.
- When FIFA announced that the Mexican national soccer team will be fined for the 100th time this year for using the “puto” slogan during a qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct.
- In spite of the fact that El Tri stars such as Chicharrito have filmed video PSAs pleading with supporters not to use the slur, outsiders are still amazed at how tenacious Mexican fans can be in this matter.
- “OUR youngsters are listening,” said the CONCACAF, which has broadcast messages during games to urge everyone to be kind.
- The chanting continues unabated, though.
- “ehhh, puto” will never go away, and it’s time to embrace that fact.
- It’s Mexico’s Confederate flag.
- Fans of Club Atlas devised the cry in order to taunt goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, who began his illustrious career with the club, when he returned as a member of crosstown rival Chivas de Guadalajara, according to the slogan’s often-told origin tale.
- Chivas supporters hailed 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 cry.
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, during which Veracruz coach Tomás Boy shoved a ball boy.
- What ever the source of the chant’s popularity, Mexicans have taken to it for one specific reason: it works, and it works on several levels in Mexico.
- 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 media.
- Because it feeds into the worst qualities of the Mexican character, continued castigation just strengthens their willingness to commit it.
- Reading the reasons that Mexican fans offer–that “puto” does not actually mean “faggot,” but rather something more akin to “bitch” or “fucker,” as if those meanings are any better–reads like every other excuse Mexicans have ever provided for the shortcomings of their paisanos down the years.
- That’s what they’re doing.
- It’s not a question of whether or not they want me, but rather whether or not they want me in any way.
Furthermore, it is 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.
El Tri’s painful loss to the Netherlands during the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 was fitting, according to Jennifer Doyle, a University of California, Riverside English professor who may have been the first English-language analyst to make note of the “puto” chant, back in 2009.
After everything was said and done, though, the outcome was predictable: Mexico was eliminated from the competition.
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.
Homophobic chants grind Mexico football match to a halt as players are sent off the pitch
A nice respite from the recent turmoil surrounding Mexico’s national soccer team and its fans’ chanting and misbehavior, the atmosphere at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas this past Wednesday was a pleasant change of pace. 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, notably in the 1990s, a “gay.” It’s also a term that’s been used to disparage the LGBT community on purpose.
- There has lately been a reaction against casual homophobia in soccer among international soccer supporters, and a coalition of international football federations is working to eliminate it from the sport entirely.
- 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 football.
- Another example of general rowdiness during the CONCACAF Nations League competition was beer bottles being hurled on the players’ heads or onto the turf, which was one of several incidents that took place.
- In the absence of effective action, the cry was revived mere weeks later during Mexico’s first encounter in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
- The match finished without a goal for either team as a result of this and some questionable scoring decisions.
- 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 were seen begging with their supporters to stay away from the grass.
A statement from the CONCACAF assured fans that they would be permitted to enter on Wednesday, but the possibility that they could lose fan privileges at future matches this tournament (and the following year) remains a possibility, as does a more severe possibility that they could be barred from participating in next year’s World Cup and co-hosting it in 2026.
- In attendance was a diverse group of people from all walks of life who came to see Mexico overcome Guatemala by a solid three goals.
- There were instead a group of fervent, enthusiastic supporters that represented El Tri’s support base.
- As the audience waved, applauded, and sung, it was clear that they were ecstatic.
- Every member of the Mexico-supporting staff worked behind the counters, collecting tickets, and cleaning up after the game.
- According to them, it’s because our buddies are from Texas and this is their home.
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 difficult games.
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.
It was the second time in as many months that this happened.