The Mexican men’s national team will play their next two home games behind closed doors as an anti-gay chant will be repeated during the CONCACAF pre-Olympic qualifying tournament, FIFA announced on Friday.
The ruling was also linked to a fine of around $ 65,000 and other sanctions were threatened, including a point reduction.
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“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has fined the Mexican federation 60,000 francs and on condition that they play their next two official home games behind closed doors as a result of the anti-gay chants in the games against the Dominican Republic and Republic of the United States, who played in Guadalajara on March 18 and 24, respectively, “the FIFA statement said.
Mexico’s next two official home games are the World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica on September 2nd and Canada on October 7th.
According to the FIFA Discrimination Statutes, more severe penalties can be imposed for future violations in order to prevent the behavior. These include a reduction in points at official tournaments, including World Cup qualification, or Mexico’s total ban from all tournaments under FIFA’s jurisdiction, including the World Cup itself.
“The committee has also opened a second disciplinary dossier regarding the anti-gay chants heard by Mexican fans in a friendly against Iceland on May 29 in Arlington, Texas,” the statement said.
Alejandro Moreno says the good and bad of the US victory over Mexico came together in one unforgettable spectacle.
About further studies on similar behavior El Trifinal games, including the semi-finals and the final of the CONCACAF Nations League against Costa Rica and the United States. In both games, referees were forced to stop action in order to ask fans at Empower Field in Denver to stop the behavior. In addition, several public announcements were made before and during the game to inform fans of the consequences of screaming the singing.
“This campaign is a very important step in our efforts to eradicate the goalkeeping chant and to make it clear that we reject all forms of discrimination in football,” said Victor Montagliani, CONCACAF President, before the semi-finals of the Nations League.
At a press conference on Friday, the President of the Mexican Football Association, Yon de Luisa, emphasized that the association “rejects any kind of discrimination in games of the Mexican national team”.
Mexico coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino has expressed concern about the impact if the singing continues.
“I would like to urge our fans to think about what these attitudes do for us. It pulls our team away from their fans. It means that we could play in empty stadiums and even miss an international competition,” said Martino.
“We’re very worried. We’re worried about what’s coming, about the possible next sanctions and because we don’t want to be pulled away from our fans. Any national team that wants to achieve important things depends on it.” his players and his fans. “