Brazil Fined For Homophobic Chants During Copa America Opening But What About Mexico
The Copa America tournament has kicked off a week ago which means we are set for some exciting matches in the next few weeks. But the host nation, Brazil, has already run into some controversy. The Copa America hosts were hit with a $15,000 fine from the South American football governing body on Friday for homophobic chants by a handful of fans during the tournament’s opening match against Bolivia.
The fine came after Brazil’s 3-0 win over Bolivia back on June 14th.
Brazil was punished after some fans were reportedly heard chanting the Portuguese word “bicha”, which is slang for queer in Brazil, at Bolivia’s goalkeeper Carlos Lampe. The incident occurred during the host nations opening 3-0 victory in Sao Paulo on June 14.
According to Reuters, the chants weren’t the only reason the team was fined. The announced crowd of 46,000 at Morumbi stadium also lit flares in the grandstands. This action has previously been disallowed in soccer stadiums in Europe and has led to fines placed on teams in the past.
Even more homophobic chants were heard during Brazil’s match against Paraguay.
There were reportedly more homophobic chants heard on Thursday during Brazil’s quarterfinal match Paraguay at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This seems to be a growing issue in Brazilian soccer as the governing body of FIFA has previously fined the Brazilian soccer body for homophobic slurs being chanted in local stadiums.
The disciplinary part of South American football’s governing body Conmebol said the offensive chants infringed on a rule against “insults or attacks against the human dignity of other people or groups, for reasons of skin color, race, ethnicity, language, creed or origin.”It may come as no surprise if Brazil is once again fined after advancing in the tournament.
The Mexican national team was recently in hot water as well when fans used the term “puto” at the Gold Cup.
FIFA has repeatedly come down on the Mexican national team and its fans for using the term “puto” during its matches. Earlier this month, Mexico fans were heard using the term multiple times during it’s Gold Cup opener against Cuba. FIFA fined Mexico’s soccer federation for “homophobic chants” at 11 different 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
While some say the term isn’t intended to be derogatory towards the LGBTQ+ community, FIFA doesn’t want it to be chanted at any of its matches. It’s safe to say this won’t be the last time we hear about teams getting fined for its chants. We only hope the same pressure will be put on the Mexico team for their homophobic chants as the Brazil team.