FIFA Sanctions Mexico for Homophobic Chants – Take Three

fair playFIFA has released the latest list of sanctions for “discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans during recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches” and once again, Mexico is on it.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) was fined a total of 30,000 Swiss Francs (about $30,650 U.S.) for homophobic chants by supporters in their September 2nd match at El Salvador as well as their September 6th match against Honduras.

They were also fined for the use of lasers during the game against Honduras.

This brings the number of times Mexico has been sanctioned for homophobic chants in 2018 World Cup qualifying matches to five. They have accumulated an equal number of warnings as well as a total of 85,000 Swiss Francs in fines (about $86,800 U.S.).

If you’re wondering how many warnings FMF is going to get before FIFA imposes stadium bans or other sanctions, like those that have been given to Chile, FIFA notes that “mitigating circumstances were also taken into account in some cases, including the member associations’ efforts to raise awareness among spectators and fight discrimination.”

Mexico has launched several such anti-discrimination campaigns, including the general “Abrazados por el Fútbol” (Embraced by Soccer) campaign and the more specific “Ya Párale” (Stop It Now) campaign aimed specifically at ending the now infamous “ehh, p***” chant.

Neither campaign has had any visible effect.

The next round of World Cup qualifying begins in November and with it will come, undoubtedly, the next round of fines.

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