Football

The Mexico Football Association has been handed down a $10,000 fine by FIFA for “discriminatory and insulting chants” during a World Cup game that they won 1-0 against Germany.

They have since also beaten South Korea 2-0 to advance through the world group stage.

The fine was in direct retaliation to Mexican fans reportedly chanting a homophobic slur at German goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, while he was preparing to take a goal kick.

“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) with a fine of $10,000 for the misconduct of a group of Mexican fans (cf. art. 67 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code) in relation to discriminatory and insulting chants during the first half of the 2018 FIFA World Cup match played between Germany and Mexico,” FIFA said in a press statement.

“The decision was passed after a thorough assessment of the relevant match reports, the FMF’s precedents and the evidence provided, which included videos of the incidents as well as examples of certain sustainable actions taken by the FMF to raise awareness among its supporters,” FIFA said.

“Moreover, the Disciplinary Committee gave a warning to the FMF, who may face additional sanctions in case of repeated infringements of this type.”

Despite the fine, some Mexican fans dispute FIFA’s decision arguing that there is no homophobic or discriminatory intent in the chant, which is a Spanish reference to a male prostitute and is commonly used in Mexico when visiting teams play their nation.