FIFA fine five South American nations for homophobic chants
Published 13/01/2016 | 17:21
FIFA has sanctioned five South and Central American football associations for the unsporting conduct of fans during 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.
The respective associations of Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay have each been fined 20,000 Swiss francs (£13,700) for individual cases while Chile were hit with a 70,000 Swiss franc (£48,000) fine for four cases which occurred at different matches.
The Honduran federation (FENAFUTH) remains under investigation. Following match reports and additional evidence generated by FIFA's anti-discrimination monitoring system, FIFA opened disciplinary proceedings against the six associations in relation to "insulting and discriminatory chants" from supporters.
On Wednesday a statement from the governing body confirmed that "all of the proceedings relate to homophobic chants by the respective teams' fans".
"FIFA has been fighting discrimination in football for many years and one part of that has been through sanctions," said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
"With the new comprehensive monitoring system for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, the disciplinary committee has additional support thanks to the detailed reports provided by anti-discrimination match observers.
"But disciplinary proceedings alone cannot change behaviour by certain groups of fans that unfortunately goes against the core values of our game.
"FIFA and the entire football community have to be proactive in educating and inspiring a message of equality and respect across all levels of the game."