By The Guardian. You can say this for Mexican soccer fans: they’ve managed to turn one of football’s least dramatic moments into one of its more controversial … The pattern is familiar. The opponent’s goalkeeper lines up a goalkick and the chant begins: “Ehhhh…” Then Mexican fans’ voices rise in unison until the kick prompts a cry of “puto!”
The term is homophobic slang for a male sex worker. And its use by fans at matches from Mexico City to California and now Russia continues to give Fifa and the Mexican federation headaches. On Monday, Fifa announced it has opened a disciplinary procedure against Mexico after the chants were heard during El Tri’s victory over Germany. . .
The origins of the chant in Mexico are hazy, but it started at club level before going international. Two well-known Mexico keepers – Oswaldo Sánchez and Óscar Perez – are said to have been among the first targets of the chant at club level in the mid-00s. The chant occurred sporadically at the 2010 World Cup, but the 2014 tournament in Brazil brought it to a new level. ESPN and Univision offered disclaimers when it was picked up on their broadcasts, and columnists and writers called for its end.
Lamenting Fifa’s perceived inaction on the issue in 2014, Slate’s Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo wrote: “They can abstractly consider what the word means, but they don’t understand the visceral gut punch you feel when you hear a slur in your native language. The Mexican team’s officials, on the other hand, know exactly what puto means. At the very least, they could give a symbolic statement denouncing it, even if it still takes decades for the fans to catch up.” (Read more from “Latino Soccer Fans – Especially Mexicans – Love to Call Opposing Players Homosexuals, but Then Get Fined by Fifa PC Police” HERE)
Safe House for LGBT World Cup Fans Is Shuttered in Russia
By Advocate. A safe space for LGBT fans of the World Cup was shuttered on the eve of the international sporting event in Russia.
Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), an international human rights group that fights discrimination in sports, said its Diversity House program was evicted from its St. Petersburg location prior to the games.
“They asked us to leave the place very rudely, switched off the electricity and they explained nothing to us,” a spokesperson told the BBC. (Read more from “Safe House for LGBT World Cup Fans Is Shuttered in Russia” HERE)