FIFA drop case against Mexico fans for using anti-gay chants
FIFA will not take action against Mexican fans for using anti-gay chants at the World Cup in Brazil.
During Mexico’s first two World Cup matches, the first against Cameroon and the second against Brazil, fans can be heard chanting ‘puto’ whenever the opposing team is attempting a goal.
The word ‘puto’ is slang for ‘fag’.
In handing down its ruling on Monday, FIFA said it will also not punish Mexico FA.
“The Disciplinary Committee has decided that the incident in question is not considered insulting in this specific context,” FIFA said in a statement.
“All charges against the Mexican FA have been dismissed.”
FIFA is yet to hand down its decision on Brazil, Croatia and Russia, all of whom are facing disciplinary proceedings for unruly behaviour.
Brazil is facing action after their fans started using the anti-gay slurs against Mexico in retaliation, while Russian and Croatians fans are under scrutiny for displaying neo-Nazi banners.
Anti-discrimination organisation FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe), which had alerted FIFA of the use of the right-wing banners, expressed its disappointment at FIFA’s decision.
“We have not been notified of the outcome of FIFA deliberations over the Mexico report,” FARE said in a statement to Reuters.
"But if the decision is that the use of the word ‘puto’ is not homophobic then this is disappointing and contradicts the expert advice of the Mexican government’s own anti-discrimination body CONAPRED and numerous other experts.”