FIFA focuses on fans from Chile and Mexico to crack down on homophobic abuse
FIFA has announced plans for closer monitoring of football fans from Chile and Mexico in an attempt to crack down on homophobic and racist slurs during World Cup 2018.
Chile and Mexico have been sanctioned by FIFA a combined total of 17 times for fans’ homophobic chants during the ongoing World Cup qualifying program.
According to Fox News, FIFA has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off Saturday. Referees have been told to stop play if fans persist with homophobic chants.
FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said that curbing problems now is ”exactly the whole purpose” of anti-discrimination work at the World Cup rehearsal tournament.
Fans, he said must “understand that they will be jeopardizing the game by refusing systematically to respect fair play.”
”If sanctions and education do not work then we have to take it further,” he added.