FIFA has sanctioned the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), as well as the Chilean, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Salvadorian, Honduran, and Croatian federations, for “discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans in relation to chants during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches as well as international friendly matches.”
In the case of Mexico, FIFA cited “homophobic chants by supporters and pitch invasion by supporters” in their March 25th match at Canada, as well as “homophobic chants by supporters” in their March 29th home match versus Canada, for which the FMF was fined a total of 35,000 Swiss Francs (about $30,150 U.S.).
Mexico is one of three federations featuring as repeat offenders, as they, Chile, and Peru were also sanctioned in January for discriminatory chants during previous World Cup qualifying matches.
Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay, and Peru were all fined as well, with amounts ranging from 15,000 to 40,000 Swiss Francs.
Sanctions were harsher for Croatia and Chile. In addition to a fine of 150,000 Swiss Francs, the UEFA nation will play its next two World Cup qualifying matches behind closed doors. Meanwhile, Chile is banned from playing in the Estadio Nacional for two official matches, the first of which will be their qualifying match against Bolivia. The second is suspended subject to a two-year probationary period. In addition, they were fined 30,000 Swiss Francs.