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Mexican World Cup fans blasted for homophobic slur

Mexican World Cup fans blasted for homophobic slur

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 19 June 2014 15:46 Written by // Cec Busby

It seems Mexican World Cup fans have adopted a homophobic slur as their favourite way to sledge opposing teams.

To date Mexico has played in two World Cup games, the first against Cameroon and the second against Brazil. In both games the fans can be heard to chant ‘Puto’ whenever the opposition is attempting a goal.

The slur has been broadcast on air on ESPN.

Puto is said to be slang for ‘fag’ or ‘coward’. Users of the phrase suggest it is not meant to be derogatory to gay people but is used to suggest the opponent is weak and unmanly. [Though how this is not homophobic, I’m not sure – Ed]

ESPN has since been notified of the homophobic slur and have said they will do what they can to minimise it from being broadcast during Mexico's next match, although they have no control of the audio feed, as it is supplied by FIFA.

Brazil is also facing action after fans retaliated and began catcalling 'Puto' back at the Mexican players during their match.

FIFA has confirmed it has opened disciplinary proceedings against Brazil and Mexico over the improper conduct of their fans. Russia and Croatia are also in hot water for fans displaying neo nazi banners at their matches.

Image by Marcello Casal Jr


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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