National Football Association Fined for a Third Time Over Anti-Gay Chants
Joseph Patrick McCormick - PinkNews
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October 5, 2016

Watch Mexico fans do the famous "puto!" & then moments later the Brazilians turn the table with a "puto" of their own. (Mark Harpin)

The use of a homophobic slur by Mexican football fans could mean the national team will have to play to an empty stadium during World Cup Qualifiers.

The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been hit with a $30,000 fine for failing to deal with the problem of the homophobic slur, often used to attempt to distract opponent goalkeepers.

It is the third time the FMF has faced such action, and could lead to the Mexican national team being handed an empty-stadium ban, for upcoming World Cup Qualifiers.

FIFA took action against eleven football associations for discrimnatory conduct by their fans.

Honduras, El Salvador, Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru, Italy and Albania all also received fines.

Mexico faced threats of losing points in 2014 after the same slur ‘puto’, used as a derogatory term for a gay man, was used during a game against Cameroon.

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Related: Mexico Football Officials Claim Anti-Gay Chants Are 'Not Insulting' (Gay Star News)

Related: Mexico to Appeal Latest Fine by FIFA Over Anti-Gay Chant (Associated Press)

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