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FIFA investigates homophobic, racist behavior from 4 World Cup nations, including Mexico

Jun 19, 2014, 8:25 AM EDT

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Mexico and host nation Brazil are among four nations whose fan behavior at the 2014 World Cup is being looked into by FIFA.

Fans of El Tri have it the worst, as disciplinary procedures have already begun against them for alleged racist and homophobic actions during Friday’s opener against Cameroon.

Part of the problem is the chants sent toward goalkeepers before their goal kicks, a homophobic slur common in Mexican stadiums.

From our friends at Soccerly:

Yelling the word “puto” (a derogatory term to refer to homosexuals) at the opposing goalkeeper when he takes a goal kick has become a Mexican trademark in soccer stadiums. This ritual is part of the live Mexican soccer experience. It happens in every single stadium in Mexico and almost no one can be excused from participating in this act.

Children who aren’t allowed to use this word at the dinner table are excused when they join the thousands of fans at the stadium who yell this insult. Educated women who are likely not to use this word in an ordinary conversation also let go of their throats and scream the word “puto” cheerfully in unison with the rest of the crowd.

During the Mexico vs Brazil match in Fortaleza, Brazilian fans began to imitate the Mexican ritual and FIFA took note of it. FIFA’s concern is that this ritual, which they label as homophobic will spread to fans from other countries.

It’s being called “improper conduct”, and FIFA has stepped past financial penalties into what they deem to be more effective sanctions.

From the BBC:

Tough new rules to stop such offences were introduced by Fifa last year.

A first racism offence by fans or players can be punished by having to play a game behind closed doors – subsequent or more serious offences can be punished by deducting points, relegation or expulsion from a competition.

Fifa is also believed to be looking into reports of homophobic chanting by Brazil’s supporters and anti-Semitic and racist banners displayed by followers of Croatia and Russia.

It’s a massive stage on which FIFA can make a strong statement. We’ll see what happens.

  1. Sgc - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I thought FIFA’s solution to homophobia was that gay people should just stop being gay for a few weeks. I’m sure they’re right on the case.

  2. geojock - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    It all depends on who is translating. Most use it to mean whore which in those countries is further implied that the only male whores are homosexual.

    • mazblast - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      Indeed. When I want to curse at someone who doesn’t know Spanish without their knowing it, I’ll say “hijo de puta” or “hijo de perra”.

  3. brugis23 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Puto!!!

  4. pecorasc - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    It’s about as cool as YSA.

    • mikeevergreen - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM

      YSA?

  5. raidordie - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    People who are too PC are putos

  6. brugis23 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Aaaaaaaaaa….putooos!!!!

  7. kryptock - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    So fans yelling “anti-homosexual” slang is a no-no, but awarding the world cup to countries that actively discriminate against gays is perfectly fine as long as they pay the bribe money.

    Got I learned a lesson today. Thanks FIFA.

    • kryptock - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      I just love pointing out FIFA’s hypocrisy.

    • reformed2012 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:10 PM

      they can’t afford to drop pig urines to those ragheads

  8. rizjag - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I remember Mexico fans chanting “Osama” in Mexico City when our national team played there shortly after 9/11…so this seems like a step up for them

  9. egb234 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I’ve never heard of puto described as a specifically homophobic term. It’s the strongest word in Spanish (at least it is in Central America), and it is a broad insult to anyone to whom it is directed. Someone who was teaching me Spanish said that it’s similar to the f-word in English. It’s not like it’s a replacement for “gay.” That would be “maricon” or something similar depending on the country.

    Other reports I read mentioned Mexico were under investigation for use of the word, but not because it’s homophobic. I wonder which reports are accurate. Maybe I need to update my knowledge of vulgar Spanish terms…

    • eopinion360 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      If you want to find out how offensive that word can be, when you visit Mexico, call people “puto”

  10. lyleoross - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    How stupid do you have to be to do these kinds of things? Going into a large stadium with a sign that displays your ignorance, and that can be recorded? Not to mention chanting a racist comment when your own players have been mistreated in Europe?

  11. nicosanchez02 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    C’mon Man, if you look at Cristiano Ronaldo, doesn’t he remind you a little bit putito.

    All kidding aside, this actually evolved by the students of UNAM club depotivo PUMAS, they have a great and wicked fan base. As they are all students of the universidad nacional.

    I started to see this at local high schools that have great soccer programs here in Calif.

  12. footballer4ever - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    let’s not hide the thruth here. Mexicans do sure say puto in that context. Some Central Americans chant “Culero” at a failed call towards the referee. It sure does not add anything positive being vulgar regardless if it’s homosexual meaning to it or not. Yell, Scream, groan or moan, but to the ones who like to yell or chant vulgarity in the stadium, try doing that in front of mom or grandmother and see if she approves of your behavior.

  13. heynyc61 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    If FIFA is so concerned about homophobic issues why did they award the next two events to Russia and Qatar where is your could be thrown in jail or stoned to death for being gay.

  14. eopinion360 - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    If you want to find out how offensive that word can be, when you visit Mexico, call people “puto” then smile.

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