The Mexican fans once again issued the discriminatory cry in Qatar 2022 (CRISANTA ESPINOSA AGUILAR / CUARTOSCURO.COM)
The Mexican Soccer Federation (FMF) was once again subject to a sanction issued by the International Federation of Association Soccer (FIFA). In its most recent report on open investigations during the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the international organization pointed out discriminatory behaviors among the Mexican fans at the World Cup headquarters. For that reason, it issued an economic sanction, as well as a ban.
FIFA continues with investigation against Mexico for inappropriate behavior in Qatar 2022
It will be during the following weeks of 2023 when I know the resolution of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee
Through a statement released on its official website, FIFA communicated the determinations made against five federations for disciplinary matters. Among them, the one directed at Mexico stood out for having violated article 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code during the two group stage matches where Gerardo Martino faced Poland and Saudi Arabia.
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed a fine of CHF 100,000 on the Mexican Federation of Association Football, AC and has sanctioned it with a match behind closed doors, a sanction that is suspended for a trial period, for failing to comply the art. 13 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (Discrimination) as a result of the chants of the Mexican fans during the Mexico-Poland and Mexico-Saudi Arabia matches,” it read.
In this sense, the sports authorities must disburse the equivalent of MXN 2 million 26 thousand 820, that is, USD 107 thousand 959, to comply with FIFA’s determination. In addition, they must comply with the match behind closed doors, as a local, in the next scheduled match within an official FIFA competition.
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Taking the decision into account, the Mexican team will appear at the Azteca Stadium without an audience when they receive the visit of the Jamaican national team for the dispute of the sixth day of the Concacaf Nations League, on March 26, 2023. Three days before they will visit Suriname, although the ban will not apply to that match as they are not the host team.
According to FIFA “any person who threatens the dignity or integrity of a country, a person or a group of people using derogatory, discriminatory or vexatious words or actions (…) will be penalized with a suspension that will last at least ten games or a specified period or with any other appropriate disciplinary measure.
And it is that during the matches of days 1 and 3, the Mexican fans emitted the homophobic cry when noticing the operation of the players sent by Gerardo Martino to the field of play. In the match against Poland they could not score any goals in favor and distributed units. Later, with Arabia, they got the only World Cup victory but it was not enough to secure a place in the round of 16.
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It is not the first time that the FMF finds itself in the eye of the hurricane due to this situation. Since the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Mexican fans have been subjected to close surveillance and campaigns to avoid shouting in the stadiums. However, despite the fact that he has received million-dollar fines and that FIFA has threatened to remove points in the ranking from the absolute team, the conduct has persisted.
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