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FIFA opens anti-gay case for Mexican chants

FIFA opens anti-gay case for Mexican chants

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico after alleged anti-gay chants by fans during their World Cup win over Germany on Sunday.

Some Mexican supporters chanted a slur when Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute.

Mexico fans have long shouted an insult at goalkeepers that rights groups argue is discriminatory. Those who have defended the chant insist there is no intent to discriminate.

FIFA fined Mexico and a number of other Latin American teams several times during World Cup qualifiers over the slurs.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport cancelled two fines against Mexico in November, although it also ruled the chant was “insulting” and left other fines in force.

Mexico’s football federation (FMF) has in the past appealed to fans to refrain from using the chant, and the effort was largely successful at last year’s Confederations Cup in Russia.

The FMF has run an educational campaign for the past month, asking fans to avoid using the chant. The federation tweeted a warning hours before FIFA’s announcement that those who chant the slur could find themselves barred from stadiums.

“In Russia, avoid being detained having your fan Fan ID taken away. Remember that you represent the best fan base in the world,” read the tweet — which also included a photo that wrote out the slur in question.

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