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Fifa criticised for stance on chanting

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was a target of fan chants -
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Football's governing body has come under attack after deciding not to punish Mexico and Brazil for their fans' chants at this World Cup, the Telegraph reports.

Both sets of fans were heard to chant 'puto' - which can be translated to 'faggot' - but Fifa have come to the conclusion that the term was not being used in a homophobic context.

Fifa's judgement read: "The disciplinary committee has decided that the incident in question is not considered insulting in this specific context.

"All charges against the Mexican FA have been dismissed considering that the conditions for their application of Article 67 – which is liability for spectator conduct – of the Fifa disciplinary code have not been fulfilled."

In response, anti-discrimination watchdog Fare released the following statement: "If the decision is that the use of the word 'puto' is not homophobic then this is disappointing and contradicts the expert advice of the Mexican government's own anti-discrimination body, Conapred, and numerous other experts.

"Academics such as Andres Aradillas-Lopez have publicly confirmed the use of the word in football is homophobic. Independent academics that we have taken the time to consult also confirm what many football fans in South America have known for a long time.

"A genuine zero-tolerance approach to all forms of discrimination will mean that Fifa will need to take some difficult decisions. In the longer term, it is the only way to set out clear leadership and deal with a real issue in football."

 

 
 

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