Russia have always been the centre of controversy during football matches. Be it racist remarks or anti-discriminatory chants, many complaints have found its place in this footballing nations book. And another such statement has again found its place during Confederations Cup but it has been reported against North American nation Mexico.
Football’s governing body FIFA have warned Mexico about the conduct of their fans after anti-gay chants were heard at the Confederations Cup.
Homophobic chants were heard during Mexico’s opening match against Portugal in Kazan on Sunday (June 18) and FIFA’s disciplinary committee director Anin Yeboah has given a notice to the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) for the offence of the small group of Mexican fans in connection to disturbing and oppressive chants.
In its answer, the Mexican football federation have accepted the charge and pleaded its fans to finally put an end to the insulting slur and suggested the situation will be more serious if they don’t obey the regulations.
“As you know, FIFA is very serious about the chanting that we do when the goalkeeper takes a kick, and the possible sanctions are serious,” the federation said.
“Our efforts on the pitch will come to nothing if, because of this (behaviour), we lose the match, the game is suspended or you are expelled from the stadium. We lose, you lose, everyone loses.”
Mexico was beforehand been endorsed a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,600) in November over gay slurs by fans in the current World Cup qualifying round and that was the fifth time in a year that FIFA acted against the serenade in games including Mexico.
Mexico won their match against New Zeland 2-1 in an exciting manner last night and at present top the group -A ahead of Portugal and Russia with just a single match staying in the gathering stage. And after the warnings till now no new complaints were found in the context of any discriminatory chant which is a good news for them.