FIFA Fines Mexico Yet Again for Homophobic Chants

FIFA has released the latest list of sanctions for incidents in recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, and, as has become customary, Mexico is once again present due to homophobic chanting.

The latest round of disciplinary action was announced on Monday, with Mexico receiving 10,000 Swiss Francs in fines plus a warning for “improper conduct among spectators (homophobic chant)” for their October 6th game against Trinidad and Tobago.

This is the 12th 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, at USA
  • November 15, 2016, at Panama
  • March 24, 2017, versus Costa Rica
  • June 8, 2017, versus Honduras
  • June 11, 2017, versus USA
  • September 1, 2017, versus Panama
  • October 6, 2017, versus Trinidad and Tobago

Over the course of their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Mexico amassed 160,000 Swiss Francs in fines for homophobic fan behavior. Nevertheless, FIFA continuously elected not to take further action against the Mexican Football Federation (FMF), while other federations that were sanctioned for homophobic chants by spectators, such as Chile and Honduras, were also given stadium bans – after fewer incidents, fewer fines, and fewer warnings.

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