After learning Mexico fans were chanting gay slurs during their opening soccer match against Cameroon, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) said they were going to investigate.
“Disciplinary proceedings were opened against Mexico for improper conduct of spectators,” FIFA said in a statement. “FIFA takes a firm, zero-tolerance stand against any form of discrimination or racism.”
The anti-gay chants were the same ones heard during Mexico’s second match against Brazil.
ESPN broadcasted the homophobic chants at two matches because they did not understand what was being said, though they will stop it from happening in the future.
“We are now and we will be vigilant to prevent a recurrence of such language being broadcast on our air,” ESPN told OutSports. “We have also reached out to FIFA.”
Economic professor at Penn State, Andres Aradillas-Lopez, was disgusted by the slur.
“The media should make a bigger deal out of this and publicly shame that country and its fans. No other country in the world does this, and it would be unacceptable in any U.S stadium,” he said. “I am from Mexico and this behavior brings me profound shame. I am not gay but I have always defended equal rights and respect for everyone.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Brazil President Dilma Rousseff have “pledged to use the World Cup as a platform to fight racism and discrimination.”
This isn’t the first political issue that has occurred during the World Cup. The European fan-monitoring group, Fare, has told FIFA of the extremely conservative banners that have been displayed in Croatia and Russia inside the stadiums. However, FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said right now, only Mexico is being investigated.