The actions from fans in Mexico’s previous games against Canada and Honduras are where FIFA draws the line. Fifa has given out many warnings. Fans of the Mexico team continue chanting homophobic slurs. As a result, the Mexican national team is penalized for not controlling their fans. Mexican journalist, Alvaro Cruz Santibáñez, reports about the stadium ban and the fine that FIFA is giving as punishment.
“Two matches without people. 30th of January vs. Costa Rica and the 2nd of February vs. Panama. 100,000 Swiss Franc fine to the Mexican national team. This is for the chants during the Canada and Honduras matches.”Alvaro Cruz Santibáñez
Fans of the Mexican national team love to chant. It displays an exhilarating atmosphere and motivates their team. Mexico fans also have chants for their opponents. That is where fans are receiving backlash. Homophobia is constant. But where do you draw the line?
The Mexican federation is aware of the problems that their fans are causing. Mexico is currently competing for a spot at the 2022 World Cup. Mexico stands in first place for World Cup Qualifiers in North America. It would be humiliating if Mexico lost its place at the next World Cup for avoidable actions. Mexican federation president Yon de Luisa spoke out about their team’s backlash earlier in 2021.
“If anybody feels it’s a discriminatory act, then it is not something that we should include in a conversation. That is no longer a debate. If it is discriminatory, we should avoid it.”Yon de Luisa
The Mexican national team can’t afford any more penalties. A potential point deduction is possible. As a result, Mexico could lose a spot at the World cup. The punishments that FIFA is giving are a step in the right direction. However, it may still not be enough. Soccer is a game for everyone. Until the discriminatory chants stop, people need to be held accountable to help move the game forward.