FIFA World Cup 2018: Organising body launches investigation into homophobic chants sung by Mexican fans

Mexican football fans have sung homophobic chants at several recent games and FIFA has launched an investigation into a possible recurrence during the match against Germany.

Reuters June 18, 2018 23:15:39 IST
FIFA World Cup 2018: Organising body launches investigation into homophobic chants sung by Mexican fans

Moscow: Football’s governing body FIFA has opened a disciplinary procedure against Mexico after alleged homophobic chants by Mexican fans during their World Cup win over Germany on Sunday.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Organising body launches investigation into homophobic chants sung by Mexican fans

Mexico fans have repeatedly used the homophobic slur while supporting their country. AP

Mexico fans have long shouted an insult that gay rights groups argue is homophobic at keepers taking goal kicks. “Further updates will be communicated in due course,” said FIFA. “As proceedings are ongoing please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”

The Mexican football federation, which has repeatedly appealed to fans to stop the chant, was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more. The chant was widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when FIFA took no action, but it has since launched a clampdown and other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined.

FIFA is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators.

Click here for full coverage of FIFA World Cup 2018

Click here to view the full schedule of FIFA World Cup 2018

Click here to view the points table of FIFA World Cup 2018

Updated Date:

also read

FIFA president Gianni Infantino - disparaged yet indestructible
Football

FIFA president Gianni Infantino - disparaged yet indestructible

Gianni Infantino is for a second time running unopposed for the presidency of the world football's governing body which he has led since 2016

Gianni Infantino to be re-elected FIFA president as voters share World Cup wealth
Football

Gianni Infantino to be re-elected FIFA president as voters share World Cup wealth

FIFA's wealth — $4 billion in reserves to be shared among the 211 member federations — is a big reason why Gianni Infantino has no opponent

Qatar spied on top Swiss prosecutor probing FIFA, says report
Football

Qatar spied on top Swiss prosecutor probing FIFA, says report

Qatar rejected the allegations, saying they were part of "smear campaigns" by European media.