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What They're Saying: FARE's Piara Powar
June 20th, 2014 2:57PM



"It seems that some fans of some countries will take their hatred halfway around the world. These images need to be acted on urgently. The levels of homophobic abuse at some matches is also totally unacceptable. There is some rapid education required before it begins to run out of control."

-- Piara Powar, executive director of FARE and a member of FIFA's anti-discrimination task force, on fan behavior at the World Cup, including Mexico fans chanting the homophobic term "puto" at the opponent's goalkeeper on goal kicks. FIFA has confirmed it is investigating Mexico and Brazil fans for homophobic chants while Russia and Croatia are facing disciplinary actions because of neo-Nazi banners during their opening games (InsideWorldFootball)

1 comment
  1. Paul Estrada
    commented on: June 20, 2014 at 4:45 p.m.
    What? You know this has been happening at pretty much every Mexico game, friendly or competitive as far back as I can remember. I've heard it at MLS games even. I am pretty sure this is not being used as a homophobic slur.

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