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Mexico Fans Chant Homophobic Slurs At World Cup Match For The Third Time: VIDEO

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Following reports of Mexican soccer fans chanting the abusive term “puto” during recent World Cup matches, the country’s fans were again heard using the abusive term at a June 29 fixture against the Netherlands. “Puto” is the Spanish word for a male prostitute, "fag" or "coward", and a derogatory term for gay men.

Mexican fans previously chanted the homophobic slur during matches against Brazil and Cameroon.

Although Mexican soccer coach Miguel Herrera said that the slur, chanted by fans during opposition goal kicks, is “not that bad,” Alejandro Brito Lemus, the director of the Mexican magazine Letra S, which covers LGBTQI issues, said that the use of the term by soccer fans is “completely homophobic.”

The Mexican football federation was under investigation following reports made by Football Against Racism Europe. However, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) ultimately decided to take no action against the Mexican football federation as the chant “is not considered insulting in this specific context.” FIFA has since dismissed the charge as “improper conduct.”

Despite vocally disapproving of the behavior of Mexico’s fans, both ESPN and Univision broadcast the chants, as OutSports reports.

In a statement, ESPN sportscaster Bob Ley said:

“This is a long-standing tradition at Mexican national team matches. The word is an anti-gay slur in Spanish. Here at the World Cup this has become a bit of an international issue. FIFA has looked into it. Mexican officials have acknowledged the impossibility of policing the conduct and language of tens of thousands of fans. By way of background and information, you should know that ESPN does not control the audio and video of the international feed.”

Univision also warned viewers that offensive chants might be accidentally broadcast during the June 29 match:

“We recognize that during the game there may be language, or chants, from some fans that are offensive to some members of our television audience.  Although we realize this can happen in any televised sporting event, we do not, in any case, condone or endorse the use of such language. Univision Communications supports a World Cup that is inclusive, one that celebrates the diversity of the sport we love and can be enjoyed by all - absent what can be the hurtful consequences of certain words. In this regard, we strive to make sure that our own coverage and commentary is respectful and inclusive of all, including the gay community. This is our commitment to our audience, our community and our partners."

Although FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff have pledged to use the World Cup as a platform against racism and discrimination, many feel that FIFA’s actions are hypocritical as it has awarded the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 event to Qatar, despite human rights abuses in those countries and Russia’s 2013 decision to pass anti-gay laws.

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  1. FIFA is a criminal organisation which is run on bribery and corruption.

    Of course it will take no action - suitcases full of used banknotes have been exchanged.

    That pigf***er Sepp Blatter ought to be in jail.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 30, 2014 1:37:48 PM

  2. the Mexicans are just being good catholics and chanting fag

    Posted by: steve | Jun 30, 2014 1:38:28 PM

  3. Well, Mexico lost to the Netherlands and were eliminated from the World Cup in a controversial call with just minutes left in the game.

    Just deserts.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2014 1:44:37 PM

  4. The word doesn't mean a thing in spanish from Spain (nobody in Spain use that word).
    In latinamerica has several meanings.

    A decade ago or so the Mexican pop group Molotov had some trouble with a song named Puto. They tried to justify, but the lyrics of the song explaining themselves far beyond of that word.

    Well, Mexico is gone, so good riddance.
    The country is evolving, but they had a culture of machismo that won't be easy to remove

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jun 30, 2014 1:46:49 PM

  5. Different culture, different rules. Who are we to judge? Mexican culture places a great deal of emphasis on masculinity (like American culture used to). While the use of homophobic slurs is never acceptable, it is at least understandable in this instance as a reaction to the effeminization of Western culture currently being undertaken by the more "liberal" nations of the world. There's no place for feminized weakness in sports.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 1:49:40 PM

  6. Rick, sigh. Have you seen the Mexican national team? You talk a lot of backwards crap but you don't actually seem to know anything.

    Their star player, Giovani dos Santos, is about as fey as you can get. And Javier Hernandez looks like a little boy.

    Also, they lost. How's that masculine ideal working out for them?

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2014 1:54:10 PM

  7. Oh come on, people. What if the were chanting the Spanish equivalent of "Darkie" or "Jew"? Get a grip, if we don't stand up and cry "Bigot" we'll get more Ugandas and Qatars and Russias murdering gays for sport. Is that macho enough?

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jun 30, 2014 1:56:22 PM

  8. Crispy (though by now you're surely soggy and limp), Stop attacking me and accept the truth I put forth. I know you're fully invested in undermining masculine culture, but the revolts we've seen from people who see right through the LGB movement cannot be ignored any longer. And no amount of "pro-LGB" propaganda will change that truth.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 1:56:39 PM

  9. Huh? Now you're just talking gibberish.

    If masculinity is so important to you, let's get a link to photos of you playing sports. They don't exist, do they?

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2014 2:00:46 PM

  10. Crispy, I owe you nothing. My truth has nothing to do with THE truth. But I'm quite confident in my masculinity. I don't throw my sexual orientation in anybody's face. Nor should I.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 2:07:39 PM

  11. So you're a big sissy just as everyone here suspects.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2014 2:13:02 PM

  12. I was a big sissy when I first started my journey as a homosexual. But I outgrew that fruitless lifestyle and am on a much brighter path a result. Your seething jealously is palpable.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 2:17:24 PM


    CRISPY - i had an essay published recently about the "RICK"s of the world. should you care to read it.

    best thing about the essay - no "rebuttals" will be made from a place of visibility. Got something to say about it, Rick? DO what i DO - stand up to be counted and show yourself when you say it. But ya CAN'T blanche! ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 30, 2014 2:17:49 PM

  14. Ah, LittleCanadian is here to impart his wisdom to the uneducated masses. Such a beacon of feminine strength. Oh wait - that's an oxymoron.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 2:21:38 PM

  15. All it would take would be for FIFA to disqualify the Mexican team next time around, should the behavior happen again. Warn them, monitor them, then kick them out. I betcha they'd self-police after that... assuming that they want to win.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jun 30, 2014 2:23:22 PM

  16. I guess I'm the type of "feminine gay man" who inspires the heterosexuals around him to become vocal and visible advocates for LGBT equality. I show myself, and I stand up to be counted, because I'm strong enough to do so. I am sorry that you were never loved by your own family, Rick. Truly. I can see how much it's messed you up - but it's not the fault of the "effeminate gay men" you harp about daily that your father never loved you.

    Try being a real man sometime. Men stand up to be counted, and meet their challenges from a place of honesty. You troll because you know you're exactly what everyone here has called you out as - a coward, a wimp, an insecure and deeply self-hating excuse for a man.

    If my strength is feminine, then it's freakin' wonderful. because it's meant 15 years of being proudly openly gay, and it's meant the straight people in my life have been inspired to be visible and vocal advocates for our diverse communities.

    you can't show yourself, nor what any of your straight friends or family have done. and there's a reason for that. a sad one.
    enjoy, Rick. look at all you're missing out on by choosing to be an insecure self-hater.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 30, 2014 2:30:06 PM

  17. WTF do they mean there's nothing they can do about it? They suggested last week they could black out the games as penalties. Let's see how quickly the fans would change

    Posted by: McMike | Jun 30, 2014 2:32:42 PM

  18. So Mexico loses and OF COURSE it's the refs fault? Different culture. Different rules.
    Time for the losers/homophobic fans to go home and LEARN how to play the game like good sportmen instead of macho closet cases!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 30, 2014 2:36:10 PM

  19. Like I'd ever be jealous of an effeminate twerp like you, Kiwi. I'm plenty fulfilled. Sadly most of the weak bedfellows you're so proud of are not. They're living a lie promoted by the Liberal agenda to keep gay men weak and docile. If you can't see the writing on the wall, I almost feel sorry for you. But you're such cretin that don't. I pity you, I loathe you, but I do not feel sorry for you. Compassion is reserved only for the people who cannot help themselves.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 2:36:54 PM

  20. Rick's a sociopath. And water is wet.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 30, 2014 2:38:42 PM

  21. Prove it. :D
    I show all the joys I'm experiencing, and you can't. And we all know the reason. I'm sorry your father never loved you, but many gay men were born to similarly-bigoted fathers. They learned to rise above it, you can too.
    there's no reason to feel sorry for me. I've got a brilliant life. Love, joy, friends, family, my lovers.

    Weak? Docile? Says the anonymous coward. I was more man at 16 than you'll ever be.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 30, 2014 2:40:36 PM

  22. Little Kiwi, I guess we should all feel sorry for the pathetic Rick, but it's hard to ignore the bile that he spews forth on this blog. We all know that Rick is most probably just the thing he says he hates. I can see the self hatred in his words.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jun 30, 2014 2:44:03 PM

  23. I love how you two are trying to analyze my psychology. You guys are so blinded by your bias. It's hysterical and sad.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 2:49:39 PM

  24. Um, what do people expect? They're Mex.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jun 30, 2014 2:52:27 PM

  25. I'm just like the gay version of that Santa Barbara shooter...

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 30, 2014 2:53:24 PM

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