Mexican goalkeeper asks fans not to use homophobic chants

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 12: Goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico looks ot the ball during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Mexico held at the Amsterdam ArenA on November 12, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The Mexican national football squad’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa addressed to the fans urging them not to use the chants containing anti-gay slurs against rivaling teams. “We have to take each opportunity to tell the people to create consciousness, as the federation has for a while,” Ochoa said, adding that chanters might not think they hurt gy people, but gay people would think differently. The Mexico Football Federation (FMF) gave evidence at the highest court in sport, the Court of Arbitration against the fines, arguing that the chant ‘puto’ (swear word meaning male prostitute or gay man) is not homophobic. The fines were imposed totalling 85,000 Swiss francs following five World Cup qualifying matches since November 2015. ‘Puto’ was chanted by fans at the matches while opposition goalkeepers were taking goal kicks Mexico was not the only team to be fined for the offence, as other teams’ fans also made similar chants which are heard across Latin American football.

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