Mexican football bosses don’t consider homophobic chants as discrimination

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JULY 19: Andres Guardado #18 of Mexico celebrates his goal with teammate Jonathan do Santos #8 in the final minute of overtime against Costa Rica during the quarterfinals of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup at MetLife Stadium on July 19, 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been hit with a $30,000 fine for failing to challenge fans chanting homophobic slurs during international matches. The country’s fans frequently scream the anti-gay slur “puto” (gay man, frequently – male prostitute). But Guillermo Cantu, secretary general of Mexico’s football federation, says that he is planning to appeal against the decision because he disagrees that this word is humiliating. Cantu said: “For us, as a federation, this is a chant that we do not like. We have recognised that some people have interpreted it as a homophobic exclamation. We do think there are better ways of expressing enthusiasm and even messing with the opponent to put pressure on him.” Mexico faced threats of losing points in 2014 after the same slur was used during a game against Cameroon.

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