Previous
Leicester City
Crystal Palace
12:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Chelsea
Southampton
3:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Arsenal
Newcastle United
3:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Watford
Huddersfield Town
3:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Burnley
3:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Manchester City
Tottenham Hotspur
5:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Real Madrid
GrĂªmio
5:00 PM UTC
Game Details
VfB Stuttgart
Bayern Munich
2:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
TSG Hoffenheim
5:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Internazionale
Udinese
2:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Stade Rennes
Paris Saint-Germain
4:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Next

Mexico's omission from FC 100

FC 100
Read

Germany won't fear anyone

World Cup Group F
Read

Mexico World Cup draw scenarios

Mexico
Read
PolandPoland
MexicoMexico
0
1
FT
Game Details

CAS rules FIFA wrong to fine Mexico for fans' ant-gay chant

Herculez Gomez assesses which of the qualified CONCACAF teams can make the deepest run at the World Cup.

FIFA was judged wrong to fine Mexico's football federation for fans chanting anti-gay slurs at opposition goalkeepers at World Cup qualifying games.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport judges hearing Mexico's appeal accepted the chants were "insulting words," even if fans did not intend to offend, the court said on Thursday when it published the verdict.

"[The words] could still be considered discriminatory or insulting in nature and should not be tolerated in football stadiums,'' the court said.

However, FIFA was partially blamed for having helped to create a "wrong -- but legitimate -- understanding" that cases would not be punished.

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, FIFA's disciplinary committee did not pursue the chants by Mexico fans at games. However, when the 2018 World Cup qualifying program began, FIFA prosecuted what it called "homophobic chants."

Mexico appealed against fines totaling 35,000 Swiss francs ($35,250) for the chants at games against El Salvador in November 2015 and Canada in March 2016. CAS said it cancelled those fines while upholding warnings which were also imposed by FIFA.

FIFA fines in nine subsequent similar cases at World Cup qualifiers -- with fines totaling around an additional 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,700) -- remain in force.

Fans in Mexico typically use the chant, which translates as "male prostitute," to insult opposing goalkeepers as they take a goal kick. Widely considered a slur, some argue there is no discriminatory intent.

First popularised in Mexican stadiums, the chant was heard on the global stage in 2014 in Brazil and then spread to fans of some other countries in the Americas.

Last month, FIFA imposed fines totaling 95,000 Swiss francs ($95,600) on the federations of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru for anti-gay chants at recent World Cup qualifiers.

However, Mexico fans at the Confederations Cup in Russia in June responded to requests from FIFA not to chant and no cases were prosecuted.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.