FIFA boss says homophobic fans should have been disciplined
FIFA’s head of its anti discrimination task force, Jeff Webb, has said the organisation should have pursued complaints regarding Mexican and Brazilian fans using homophobic slurs to sledge opponents during recent World Cup matches.
Fans of both teams had been heard to chant the homophobic slur, ‘puto’ during the recent games however FIFA dropped its investigation into the slurs saying the anti gay chants by Mexican fans were ‘not considered insulting’.
Upon hearing the result of the investigation, Webb said there seemed to be a disconnect between what the anti discrimination taskforce deemed acceptable and what FIFA determined as acceptable, especially given the task force had suggested anti discrimination officers should be present at all matches – and despite agreeing to this none had been appointed by FIFA for the 2014 World Cup.
“There is no reason why one year on from the task force being set up why we don’t have anti-discrimination officers here,” Webb said. “It is obvious there is a disconnect between what we in the task force deem as racism and discrimination and what the disciplinary committee deems as racism and discrimination.”
FIFA’s investigative committee had declined to punish Mexico for the conduct of its fans after deeming that the insult 'puto' – which translates to 'faggot' – was not directed at any specific player.