FIFA Investigating Anti-Gay Slurs Used By Mexico and Brazil World Cup Fans

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FIFA, the governing body in charge of the World Cup, has started disciplinary proceedings against Mexico and Brazil after fans were reportedly heard on TV broadcasts chanting ¡Puto!" at opposing players during Tuesday’s match up.

“Puto” translates to “fag,” “man-whore,” or “coward” and is often used as a derogatory term for a gay male.

The London Telegraph reports:

Piara Powar, executive director of Fare and a member of Fifa’s anti-racism task force, told The Telegraph: “It seems that some fans of some countries will take their hatred halfway around the world. These images need to be acted on urgently.

“The levels of homophobic abuse at some matches is also totally unacceptable. There is some rapid education required before it begins to run out of control.

“Fifa has some strong regulations in place and we hope they use them. Zero tolerance is the approach set out. It is what is required here.”

Under FIFA's disciplinary code, Brazil and Mexico could escape with a warning for what would be classed as a first offence but could also be punished by having to play a game behind closed doors. Subsequent or more serious offenses can result in a deduction of points or expulsion from a competition.

 Outsports adds:

CONAPRED, the Mexican federal body charged with tackling discriminationroundly condemned the use of "puto" at soccer matches, saying correctly: "Seeking to eliminate this practice is not trying to stifle free expression, but avoid the normalization of sexism, machismo and homophobia, understanding that the full exercise of all freedom has to be done in respect to the rights of third parties, without discrimination."

Comments

  1. says

    Never understood penalizing the team for the actions of the fans, unless the team was doing something to encourage it. It is like sending to a jail a parent for the action of their adult children.

  2. Steven C. says

    Interesting that FIFA will penalize a team and its fans but award the World Cup Tournament to countries that criminalize homosexuality (Russia, 2018) and execute homosexuals (Qatar, 2022).

    What sleazy hypocrites!

  3. Dastius Krazitauc says

    What a great point, Steven C.!

    I live in Mexico and have been reading a lot about the “Ehhh…Puto!” cry. It is a word that has multiple connotations and not specifically homophobic, like “maricón”. From what I am reading, it is a playful insult, but it does not travel well, and makes the Mexican fans seem trashy. They need to save it for Guadalajara.

  4. nativo says

    @Dastius Krazitauc, given your first-hand knowledge of Mexico, it’s rather surprising that you don’t seem to know that despite its other connotations (all of them offensive) the word “puto” is first and foremost an anti-gay word.

  5. Dastius Krazitauc says

    Nativo, I do have first hand knowledge, but do not claim to be an authority. My friends here have told me it depends on the usage, it can be an antigay word, but it can also mean a man who sleeps with lots of women. But it is an insult and like I said, it makes the Mexican fans look trashy insulting the opposing goalkeeper on the international stage.

  6. McMike says

    Anyone who is trying to say Puto or Maricon isn’t meant to mean fag really need to come to grips with reality.

    As for punishing the team for the fan’s actions, why not? As for the parents analogy, maybe if the parents took a proactive approach then mayhe they would.t be raising little shits to begin with.

  7. McMike says

    Anyone who is trying to say Puto or Maricon isn’t meant to mean fag really need to come to grips with reality.

    As for punishing the team for the fan’s actions, why not? As for the parents analogy, maybe if the parents took a proactive approach then mayhe they would.t be raising little shits to begin with.

  8. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL

    The first time I was called “maricon” was when I was in 5th grade. There was this cute Puerto Rican boy, and I made the comment that he was cute. He called me a “maricon”. His brother later told me what it meant. I didn’t care. I’d been called a faggot so many times that being called a maricon sounded refreshng to me.

  9. Juy says

    Mexican here. I can confirm that “Puto” is indeed basically an antigay slur, which at best might be translated as “pussy” or “sissy”.

    (The meaning of “man whore” as someone who sleeps with lots of people does exist, but its really secondary and way less used, and I don’t think it would apply to situations like this game)

    Also, I’ve never seen “pato” used as an insult of any kind here in Mexico.

  10. TKinSC says

    FIFA shouldn’t punish a team for the actions of its fans, because someone could simply dress up as a fan of the opposing team in order to get them punished.

    That said, homosexual is one of the worst things that one can be accused of being, and the accusation should not be leveled without the strongest of evidence. Sports fans should know better than to use it simply to taunt the other team.

  11. Liam says

    TKINSC: Homosexual is on of the worst things that one can be accused of being? Seriously? Worse than a nazi or a war criminal? worse than a child molester or a murderer? I could go on and on. When sports fans call the opposing team a puto or a faggot or any other anti gay slur, what they are really saying is that the other team is effeminate, not strong. They are calling them passive.
    The only way to correct the behavior of rabid fans is to penalize the team. That is worse for them than if they were penalized personally.
    The only thing correct in your post is the last sentence.

  12. Fred Badillo says

    the word Puto is not entirely used as gay bashing, men call each other “pinche puto” which means you dumb ass. the way the fans are using it is in the context of trying to get the goalie to make a mistake. it is used in good fun and the mexican Homosexual community does not think of it as offensive

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