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.
‘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.”
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
It’s past time to call an end to the chant. It is past time to demonstrate to the rest of the world that Mexican national team fans are superior than their homophobic “Puto!” shout. Don’t get hung up on the technicalities of what El Tri fans mean or possibly imply when they chant “Puto!” Keep your focus on the game. Yes, the word may be used in a variety of ways. If it is employed in the feminine form in the gendered nouns of Spanish, it might be interpreted as prostitute. It’s possible that the male form is a euphemism for coward.
- It is also a homophobic insult, which is why Mexican soccer supporters should refrain from screaming it when their opponents take goal kicks.
- FIFA has issued more warnings, causing the FMF to initiate anti-chanting efforts in Mexico and the United States.
- Even when they play the United States national team, they are frequently the home team in America.
- El Tri often sells out the largest stadiums in cities like as Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Dallas, as well as every other city in which it performs in America.
- As a result, the cry has become a fixture at AT T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, much as it has at Mexico’s Estadio Azteca.
- Furthermore, FIFA has granted referees the right to briefly halt matches in order to expel specific spectators who use the term.
- Mexico wants to get its word out in time for the start of its current tour, which begins on Saturday against Iceland at AT T Stadium in Arlington, Virginia.
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.
The fans are at the beginning and finish of the process. 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’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 team tells fans to stop anti-gay ‘puto’ chants
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.
What You Need to Know About the ‘Puto’ Chant (spoiler: Don’t Use It)
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 that “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 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 proclaims 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.” “IDGAF what you think,” in other terms.
When FIFA announced that they will punish the Mexican national soccer team for what felt like the 100th time this year for fan use of the “puto” chant during a qualifying match against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct.
Outsiders are still amazed at how adamant Mexican fans are about this, and El Tri players like as Chicharrito have filmed video PSAs pleading with supporters not to use the slur.
“OUR children are listening,” says CONCACAF, which has played messages at games to warn everyone to be courteous because “OUR children are listening.” To attempt and get fans to stop chanting, Liga MX teams have gone so far as to bribe them with offers of university scholarships and funding for primary schools.
- It’s Mexico’s Confederate flag—a heinous part of our purported heritage that no outsider can ever tell us is incorrect.
- It’s Mexico’s Confederate flag, a vile part of our purported tradition that no outsider can ever tell us is wrong, and that we cling to even more tightly when they do tell us it is.
- The chant’s genesis story is commonly given as follows: Club Atlas fans devised it 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.
- Chivas supporters embraced Sanchez when he returned to Guadalajara in 2007 as a member of Santos Laguna, according to Sanchez, who accepts responsibility for inventing the cry.
- The first newspaper citation I could locate of “puto” usage during a Mexican soccer game was in the April 19, 2004 issue of the Mexico City daily Reforma, which described a Necaxa-Veracruz match in Aguascalientes in which Veracruz coach Tomás Boy shoved a ball boy.
- Regardless of its origin, that slogan has gained popularity among Mexicans for a specific reason: it is effective on a variety of levels in Mexico.
- The cry didn’t gain widespread attention in the United States until the 2014 FIFA World Cup, when a slew of opinion articles from sports writers, conservative blowhards, and political analysts painted Mexican supporters as homophobic Neanderthals.
Continued chastisement just strengthens their determination to carry out the mission, since it plays into the darkest inclinations of the Mexican character.
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 theirpaisanos.
As a result, they begin to chant.
Sanchez sang a rousing, powerful conclusion song.
Take it from me, but don’t take it from me.
“Perhaps the first trigger warning issued in the history of sports broadcasting,” she joked on her blog about the then-new-to-Americans scandal and its supporters.
“If I were in the grandstand cheering on El Tri, I would use a different phrase while mocking the opposition,” she added.
If supporters are unable to comprehend the homophobic connotations of the phrase, it is possible that a shift in lexicon may be implemented in the name of superstition.” Mexicoputosoccer
Mexico to play two World Cup qualifiers without fans due to use of homophobic chant
In a news conference in Mexico City on Friday, the country’s soccer federation announced that Mexico’s national team will play its first two home matches in World Cup qualifying without spectators as a punishment for its fans’ use of an anti-gay chant during a recent pre-Olympic tournament in Guadalajara last spring. Mexico will play two games behind closed doors: one against Jamaica on September 2nd and another against Canada on October 7th. In addition, the organization was penalized $73,000 by FIFA, the international governing body for soccer, following an inquiry into its practices.
- The head of the Mexican football federation, Yon de Luisa, stated as much during the new conference.
- Please, don’t go any farther.
- In the United States, FIFA is claimed to be still investigating into the usage of the slogan during four recent games, three of which were interrupted by officials due to inappropriate fan conduct on the part of the fans.
- According to Denver police, numerous supporters were expelled from the event and five others were detained.
- The sanctions issued on Friday will have no effect on any of them.
- Fines in the past have also been ineffective.
- The fines, on the other hand, were often so modest that they had little impact.
The origins of the cry are mostly lost to history, however it is thought to have originated during a Mexican club match in 2007.
Due to the fact that the problematic term may have many different connotations in Spanish, including a slur intended to humiliate homosexual men, there has been a heated dispute over whether the chant is disparaging.
In his words, “for many years, that was the subject of discussion among us at the Mexican Federation.” “That is no longer a point of contention.
Twenty-three months ago, FIFA issued a set of rules to help supporters avoid using insulting language or acting inappropriately.
If the players’ inappropriate behavior persists, the match may be interrupted once again and they may be taken to their locker rooms.
It is also possible for stadium security or other spectators to evict fans who have been identified as having used the chant from the stadium.
Those measures were first utilized in Mexico’s domestic Liga MX games in 2019, and De Luisa stated that the outcomes had been overwhelmingly beneficial.
“There are a zillion different methods to express interest in your team.
Consequently, we should concentrate on the good aspects of life.
This is not the image that we want to project to the rest of the world on behalf of our fans and our society.” He cited the singing of “Cielito lindo,” a traditional mariachi song that has become a theme song for Mexican soccer clubs thanks to the efforts of supporters.
The matter was swiftly handled by the league and the individual clubs, and the inappropriate behavior was curtailed.
Lletget instantly removed the video from his website and apologized.
FIFA Bans Spectators At 2 Mexico World Cup Qualifying Matches Over Homophobic Chants
During a news conference in Mexico City on Friday, the country’s soccer federation announced that the national team will play its first two home matches in World Cup qualifying without spectators as a result of its fans’ use of an anti-gay chant last spring during the country’s pre-Olympic tournament in Guadalupe Hidalgo. The games against Jamaica on September 2 and Canada on October 7 will be played behind closed doors. According to FIFA, the international governing body for soccer, the organization was also penalized $73,000 following an inquiry.
- ‘It isn’t,’ stated Yon de Luisa, head of the Mexican federation, during the new conference.
- Now is the time to call it a day.
- The steps are the most severe ever levied on the country.
- Besides a pitch invader and supporters who tossed garbage on the field, Mexico’s loss to the United States in the Nations League final in Denver was also overshadowed by a heavy item that struck American player Gio Reyna in the face and sent him to the locker room.
- Friendlies against Panama on June 30 in Nashville and Nigeria on July 3 at the Coliseum will precede the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which will be held in the United States in July.
- Even though the federation has been waging an education campaign, which has warned that violations of the anti-discrimination protocol would not be permitted, the prohibited behavior continued.
- For the usage of the slogan by its fans during World Cup qualification, Mexico was fined nine times; 14 other national federations were also penalized for their participation.
Nevertheless, when the song was heard before Mexico’s World Cup opening in Russia, FIFA threatened to exclude the team’s supporters from attending any following games, and the conduct was immediately curtailed.
It is most commonly heard after the opposition goalie performs a goal kick, which is when the chant is most prevalent.
In the words of De Luisa, “communication has no significance.” The Mexican federation had been debating this issue for many years, according to him.
In the event that it is discriminatory, we should steer clear.” Members of Pasión 1927, a Mexican national soccer team fan organization located in Los Angeles, discuss a popular chant that is commonly seen as homophobic by the general public.
The match will be stopped and a public service message will be made calling on fans to halt their discriminatory behavior if the officials receive a first violation of this rule.
Play is stopped for the third time and the match is declared abandoned by the authorities.
It is possible to be forfeited in a competitive game for continuing to use the chant; however, it is possible to lose significant points in the FIFA global rankings, which are used to decide seeding for competitions such as the World Cup if a friendly game is abandoned.
It is possible to express interest in your team in an infinite number of ways.
” This is something that we are not really pleased about at this time.
In his words, “Whenever we sing it, in whatever country — and it has been sung in many World Cups — that is something that we should be proud of.” It has also been heard at various Major League Soccer games in recent years, notably at Dignity Health Sports Park, where the Galaxy play, and at Banc of California Stadium, where the Los Angeles FC plays.
When the Los Angeles Galaxy player Sebastian Lletget shared an Instagram video in which he used the same inflammatory epithet during a joking interaction with a teammate, the Major League Soccer punished him harshly for a second time this spring.
Lletget apologized for the video, which was soon taken off by the company.
In a news conference in Mexico City on Friday, the country’s soccer federation announced that Mexico’s national team will play its first two home matches in World Cup qualifying without spectators as a punishment for its fans’ use of an anti-gay chant during a spring pre-Olympic tournament in Guadalajara last spring. Mexico will play two games behind closed doors: one against Jamaica on September 2nd, and another against Canada on October 7th. Following an examination by FIFA, the international governing body for soccer, the association was also penalized $73,000.
- “It isn’t,” Yon de Luisa, the president of the Mexican federation, remarked during the new conference.
- “Put an end to it right now.” The actions are the most severe ever taken against Mexico as a result of the chant, and further sanctions might be imposed in the future.
- Besides a pitch invader and spectators who tossed garbage on the field, Mexico’s loss to the United States in the Nations League final in Denver was also tarnished by a heavy item that struck American player Gio Reyna in the face, sending him to the locker room.
- Mexico’s next two games are friendlies against Panama on June 30 in Nashville and Nigeria on July 3 at the Coliseum, with the CONCACAF Gold Cup to follow.
- Even though the federation has been waging an education campaign, which has warned that violations of the anti-discrimination protocol would not be permitted, the prohibited activity occurred.
- For the usage of the slogan by its fans during World Cup qualification, Mexico was fined nine times; 14 other national federations were also penalized.
- However, when the cry was heard during Mexico’s World Cup opener in Russia, FIFA threatened to ban the team’s supporters from future games, and the conduct was curtailed.
It is most commonly heard after the opposing goalie makes a goal kick.
De Luisa has stated that communication is a waste of time.
“It’s no longer a point of contention.
Members of Pasión 1927, a Mexican national soccer team fan organization located in Los Angeles, discuss a popular chant that is commonly deemed homophobic.
On the first incident, authorities must call a halt to the game and request that a public service announcement be broadcast, urging fans to refrain from discriminating behavior.
If the match is stopped for a third time, authorities are instructed to call a halt to the game.
The usage of the chant in a competitive game may result in a forfeiture, whilst the cancellation of an exhibition match may result in the loss of precious points in the FIFA global rankings, which are used to decide seeding in competitions such as the World Cup.
The attitude has been much different in the United States.
“Without making any distinction,” he remarked.
This is something that we are not too pleased with at the moment.
In his words, “Whenever we sing it, in whatever country — and it has been sung at many World Cups — that is something we should be proud of.” It has also been heard at various Major League Soccer games in recent years, notably at Dignity Health Sports Park, where the Galaxy play, and at Banc of California Stadium, where LAFC plays.
A second time, the Major League Soccer (MLS) reacted firmly this spring, suspending Los Angeles Galaxy player Sebastian Lletget for two games after he posted a video on Instagram in which he used the same inflammatory epithet while engaging in a fun exchange with another teammate.
Lletget swiftly removed the video and expressed his regret.
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.
For years, the Mexican national team has been plagued with anti-gay chanting from its fans, despite the Mexican Football Federation’s pledges of reform. Since then, FIFA has increased the severity of its punishments, which were previously restricted to penalties.
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.
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 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.
Antigay Chants Force Mexico’s Soccer Team to Play in Empty Stadium
Anti-gay chants are being used as a weapon. Mexico’s soccer team will take the field in an empty stadium. Fans of the Mexican national team were banned from FIFA matches for two games because they continued to hurl homophobic insults at rival players throughout the match. 2:00 p.m. on November 2, 2021 It has been announced that Mexico’s national soccer team would play its next two home World Cup qualifying matches in an empty stadium due to anti-gay chants from supporters who have been known to target opposition players.
- The Mexican squad was found guilty of “discriminatory behavior by supporters” during games against Canada and Honduras in October, according to the commission.
- For the second time in as many years, homophobic chants from Mexican football supporters have sparked controversy in the worldwide sporting community.
- (In September, Mexico played a home game against Jamaica in front of an almost empty stadium.) In Mexico City, the Azteca Stadium has a listed seating capacity of more than 87,000, making it comparable in size to a National Football League stadium in the United States.
- The insult yelled by Mexican supporters at opposition players is a disparaging reference to “gay guys,” according to FMF president Yon De Luisa, who spoke to Yahoo Sports in May.
- An uproar from the crowd at the CONCACAF final between the United States and Mexico in Denver, Colorado, in June forced the game to be stopped short.
- Players from both sides were struck by the items, including United States midfielder Giovanni Reyna, who was knocked to the ground and remained there for many minutes after being struck in the head by one of the objects.
- Mexico will host Costa Rica on January 30 and Panama on February 2 in its next two games.
- The Gay Soccer Club of Mexico City is Using Sports to Advocate for Equal Rights.
THEY AIN’T FOOLING AROUND: U.S. Soccer: USMNT-Mexico match could be abandoned if fans chant offensive language
Hate Speech and Anti-Gay Chants In the absence of a stadium, Mexico’s soccer team will play in an open field Because the Mexican national team’s fans continued to hurl homophobic obscenities at rival players, FIFA issued a two-game suspension to the squad. 11:24 a.m. on November 2, 2021 It has been announced that Mexico’s national soccer team will play its next two home World Cup qualifying matches in an empty stadium due to anti-gay chants from supporters in the country’s primary stadium. On Monday, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) published its most current disciplinary review, which included the revelation of the punishment in question.
- In addition, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) was fined 100,000 Swiss francs (about $110,000) for the persistent bad behavior of its supporters.
- A fine was imposed on the FMF in June, and the team was forced to play its next two home matches in front of an empty stadium; however, that punishment was reduced by half, to only one match.
- Mexican football stadium Azteca has a capacity of over 87,000 spectators, which is comparable to that of an NFL stadium in the United States.
- Yon De Luisa, president of the FMF, told Yahoo Sports in May that the epithet yelled by Mexican supporters at opposition players is “derogatory” for “gay males.” Although De Luisa and the FMF have promised to bring homophobic fans under control, the situation continues.
- Fans of Mexico began screaming the anti-gay term for a male prostitute and showering the field with objects, prompting officials to call timeout for three minutes in accordance with league anti-discrimination policy.
- midfielder Giovanni Reyna, who was knocked to the ground and laid there for many minutes after being struck in the head by one of the objects.
Mexico will host Costa Rica on January 30 and Panama on February 2 as part of its upcoming international tour schedule. CONNECTED | CLICK HERE Sports are being used to advance gay rights in Mexico City.
- Stopping the match: The referee and match commissioner reserve the power to call a halt to the match if discriminatory language is not stopped by the players or officials. Pre-recorded announcements in the languages of both teams shall be played in addition to the stadium announcer reading out the announcement for Step 1
- A reasonable time period (five to ten minutes) shall be allotted for the match to be suspended if the potential discriminatory act does not cease once the game has been resumed (i.e. Step 1 was ineffective). In this case, the referee shall instruct both teams to return to their respective dressing rooms and the match shall be suspended for a reasonable time period (five to ten minutes). In any case, the announcement for Step 2 should be read out loud by the stadium announcer, or a pre-recorded version should be played in both teams’ native languages. a. Abandon the match: If, after the game has been restarted, the incident continues, or if it is not practicable to restart the game (i.e. Step 2 was unsuccessful), the referee may, as a last option, declare the match abandoned.
According to a press statement from the United States Soccer Federation, the organization has taken the following preventative actions to avoid using discriminatory language in the following forms of communication: * Using proactive in-stadium PAs and video board graphics to discourage abusive language and delineate U.S. Soccer’s anti-discrimination procedures. * Showing a video in-stadium that defines the three-step method in advance of the match. Prior to the start of the match, it will be broadcast in both English and Spanish.
Soccer’s anti-discrimination policy in the official Match Guide, which is distributed to all ticket purchasers via email.
Soccer channels to discourage the use of derogatory language and to provide information about the organization’s anti-discrimination policy.
In preparation for the match, U.S.