FIFA has released the latest list of sanctions for “incidents involving, among others, unsporting and discriminatory conduct by fans during recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches” and Mexico is, once again, present due to homophobic chanting.
In this latest round of sanctions, the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been fined 10,000 Swiss Francs for discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants, in their March 24th game against Costa Rica.
This is the 8th time that Mexico has been fined and/or warned for homophobic chanting in 2018 World Cup qualifiers:
- November 13, 2015, versus El Salvador
- March 25, 2016, at Canada
- March 29, 2016, versus Canada
- September 2, 2016, at El Salvador
- September 6, 2016, versus Honduras
- November 11, 2016, versus USA
- November 15, 2016, at Panama
- March 24, 2017, versus Costa Rica
In total, FMF has been fined 120,000 Swiss Francs.
Rather than pay the fines and address the issue, FMF has instead filed an appeal and taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
FIFA, meanwhile, seems unwilling to take the step of imposing a stadium ban, which they have already done to both Chile and Honduras for the same issue – after fewer incidents, fewer fines, and fewer warnings.