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.
|Recent Soccer America Confidential Revs' locals ready to make history Dec. 6, 9:04 p.m. |
The New England Revolution enters MLS Cup with the worst record in league history. It's lost ... Charlie Davies' comeback reaches a milestone Dec. 6, 8:24 p.m.
On the field, in the locker room, on the podium during a press conference, Charlie Davies ... Previewing Saturday's Women's World Cup draw Dec. 5, 10:31 p.m.
Students of the World Cup draw know all about the intricacies of the process and history ... Specter of Alonso looms over Sounders-Galaxy showdown Nov. 29, 2:30 p.m.
The best two MLS teams in the regular season meet to decide which of them will ... The German connection, college edition Nov. 28, 10:48 p.m.
Just as the U.S. national team has taken on a German influence with a German, Jurgen ... Cahill in the crosshairs for crucial second leg Nov. 27, 6:54 p.m.
Bradley Wright-Phillips out, Tim Cahill in starts just about every discussion of the Revs-Red Bulls showdown ... Three takeaways from LA Galaxy-Seattle Nov. 23, 10:06 p.m.
The Western Conference finalists are separated by just one goal heading into the second leg in ... Three takeaways from New York-New England Nov. 23, 5:43 p.m.
The New England Revolution made it three wins in three playoff games with a 2-1 win ... My advice to Jurgen Klinsmann Nov. 21, 6:14 p.m.
I'll begin by saying Project Klinsmann is too big to fail, so Jurgen Klinsmann is going ... Three keys that could decide New England-New York series Nov. 21, 1:43 a.m.
New York hosts the first leg of the Eastern Conference finals against New England Sunday, more ... >> Soccer America Confidential Archives