Team Mexico was issued a $10,000 fine yesterday from FIFA due to a chant during their match on Sunday with Germany. This isn’t the first time Mexican fans have gotten their team into hot water for their crowd behavior, and many players took to Twitter to encourage fans to stop using certain slurs in their chants. The slur in question this time was the word “puto”. There are multiple definitions, but the most common is this
So basically it’s the same thing as calling somebody a fag, homo, dyke etc. in English. This blog isn’t an attempt to defend Mexico, but moreso to call out the most corrupt and hypocritical organization there is: FIFA
FIFA is always on their high horse saying that they have a zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination. That’s a very interesting claim considering that the 2022 World Cup is being hosted in Qatar. Even as I watch the France Vs. Peru game right now there are Qatar Airways ads everywhere. My grievance with Qatar is that they don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to gay rights. Still in 2018 it’s illegal to be gay in Qatar, and people are routinely thrown in prison for it. So what will happen if an openly gay player shows up to the 2022 World Cup? By law he’d be subject to arrest, so I’m wondering what FIFA is doing to protect these people. So I guess the message FIFA is sending is that it’s completely acceptable for a country to throw you in prison for being gay, but don’t you dare chant homophobic words to a German goalkeeper during a game (Their goalie isn’t gay by the way).
Another amazingly hypocritical thing involving FIFA and Qatar is how Qatar acquired the right to host the 2022 World Cup in the first place. It’s well known that FIFA is as corrupt as a Prohibition Era politician, and Qatar literally bought their way into hosting the World Cup. Qatar has also been using slave labor to build the stadiums for the upcoming World Cup. This country has legitimate slavery systems in place and are working them to death, literally. Many have already died working in the heat while constructing these massive stadiums. So slavery and throwing people in prison for banging dudes is fine according to FIFA, but don’t you fucking dare call someone a fag during a soccer game.
As a former athlete and current asshole, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to chant whatever you want at a game. Sports are just as much mental as they are physical, so if words help you gain an edge on your opponent so be it. These fans decided to call the goalkeeper a puto the whole game in an attempt to get inside his head, and it honestly might have worked seeing as Mexico shocked the world with a 1-0 victory. As a pro athlete you should be used to any chirping that comes your way, so it’s very soft that FIFA issued fines for homophobia when they’re complicit in way worse forms of it. So suck my dick FIFA, but just make sure you aren’t in Qatar when you do it because you might get thrown in prison for it.