Mexican soccer fans continue to use gay slur
It’s being reported that Mexican soccer fans are continuing to use a gay slur (puto) during matches despite fines from FIFA and complaints from the national team.
Outsports reports that during the Chile versus Mexico match with took place in Santa Clara in California the first slur was heard within the game’s opening minute, when Chile’s goalie scored a free kick.
The homophobic slur continued to be heard throughout the match despite the fact it was taking place on US soil less than a week after the horrific murder of 49 LGBTI people at a gay night club in Florida.
The fans even began chanting Puto at their own goalie Guillermo Ochoa.
LGBTI advocates have condemned the fans for the use of the slur.
"The whole point is that the choice of this word is absolutely linked to a negative, homophobic meaning," Enrique Torre Molina, campaign manager at All Out told Outsports.
"’Puto' is the word many gay men have been called in school or even by family members to mock us or put us down.
"What is kind of infuriating, especially after tragedies like the Orlando shooting and any other homophobic crime that happens, is to read and hear people refusing to let it go after having so many gay men literally asking for them to drop it. If you have a group of people saying, 'Hey, when you use this word, it hurts,' why not drop it?"