Left Menu
Development News Edition

Stop the homophobic chanting, Hernandez pleads with Mexico fans

Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks.

Reuters | Updated: 20-06-2018 20:24 IST | Created: 20-06-2018 20:24 IST
Stop the homophobic chanting, Hernandez pleads with Mexico fans
Mexico caused a major shock by beating Germany 1-0 in their opening game in Group F. They next play South Korea on Saturday. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mexican striker Javier Hernandez has appealed to his country's football fans to stop their homophobic chanting at World Cup matches, arguing it could lead to further fines from FIFA.

Hernandez posted a message on Instagram on Wednesday asking fans to end their derogatory chants during their opponents' goal kicks.

"To all Mexican fans in the stadiums, don't shout 'puto'," Hernandez said. "Let's not risk another sanction."

Mexico caused a major shock by beating Germany 1-0 in their opening game in Group F. They next play South Korea on Saturday.

Mexicans have long shouted the word - slang for a male sex worker - which gay rights groups argue is homophobic.

Although the Mexican team has appealed before for an end to the chants – the players even released a video on the subject in 2016 – some supporters have not relented.

Thousands of Mexican fans have flooded into Russia for the World Cup and some chanted the abuse during the match against Germany on Sunday, prompting FIFA to announce disciplinary procedures earlier this week.

The Mexican football federation (FMF) was sanctioned 12 times for homophobic chanting during the World Cup qualifying campaign, receiving warnings for the first two offences and fines for 10 more.

The chant was also widely heard at Mexico games in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, when FIFA took no action, but the governing body has since launched a clamp-down. Other Latin American teams, including Argentina and Chile, have also been fined.

FIFA is employing three specialist observers at each World Cup match to report discriminatory behaviour by spectators.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Rwanda’s COVID-19 response commendable but health information system needs improvement

Rwanda is consistently working to improve its health information system from many years. However, it is primarily dependent on the collection and reporting of health data on a monthly basis. Besides, evaluation studies on Rwandas HIS publis...

Videos

Latest News

Motor racing-Haas F1 could try out Mick Schumacher and Ferrari juniors

The U.S.-owned Haas Formula One team could give Mick Schumacher and other Ferrari Academy drivers Friday practice slots this season as they consider their future lineup. Team principal Guenther Steiner told reporters at the Russian Grand Pr...

COVID-19, dengue double infection treatment tricky, needs balanced approach: Doctors

There is no standard protocol for treatment of patients who have contracted a double infection of COVID-19 and dengue, and a very finely balanced approach is needed to tackle both the ailments at once, experts said on Thursday. Delhi Deputy...

Soccer-Aubameyang says he considered Arsenal exit

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said he contemplated leaving Arsenal but opted to extend his contract after manager Mikel Arteta revitalised the Premier League club and told him that he could leave behind a legacy at the Emirates Stadium. Aubamey...

Centurion Rahul says he wasn't 'feeling in control' of his batting ahead of RCB fixture

Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul, who scored a scintillating century against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday, said he was lacking confidence in his skills as a batsman heading into the teams second IPL fixture. Rahul starred with...

Give Feedback