By Mike Woitalla
There is something that Mexican soccer should be ashamed and embarrassed about.
No, it’s not its national team performances. El Tri is
back on track to reach the World Cup and Mexico's runner-up finish at this month’s U-17 World Cup comes two years after the Mexicans lifted that title.
This is about Mexican fans
and their goal-kick chant.
You heard it every few minutes if you watched the ESPN broadcast of Mexico’s 5-1 win over New Zealand. If you were watching Univision, you didn’t,
because the Spanish-language network hit the mute button whenever Kiwi keeper Glenn Moss booted a goal kick.
The keeper lines up and when he kicks the ball, the fans
scream "Puto!" The word has various connotations, but if you imagine a stadium full of fans screaming “faggot” you have an idea of what’s going on here.
around the world are being punished with fines or stadium closures for racist chants. There have even been fines for booing national anthems. But the rulers of the game -- i.e. FIFA, Concacaf,
Femexfut -- seem to have no problem with this homophobic Mexican fan tradition.
Even better than a governing body intervening would be that if Mexican players and coaches spoke out --
made a plea to their fans that this needs to stop.
Or they can remain silent as Mexican soccer continues to shame itself.
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