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According to Mediotiempo.com, the chant began gaining traction in the early 2000s, when fans of Guadalajara’s Atlas FC turned a harmless “Ehhhh… PUM” chant into the one you hear today. Eventually, the chant spread and became ubiquitous at games featuring Mexico’s national team.
Mexico fans gleefully used the chant at the 2014 World Cup and EVERYONE noticed. Here’s a clip from Mexico vs. Brazil:
During the tournament, many people criticized Mexico fans for using a “homophobic chant.”
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Many pointed out that the word p**o, slang for “male prostitute,” is rooted in homophobia. In many countries, it’s used the same way as f****t. Mike Woitalla of Soccer America magazine told NPR: “The Mexican team is playing wonderful soccer, and their fans are traditionally wonderful fans, and right now, with this chant, they are bringing shame upon themselves.” Mexicans argued that in the context of the chant, the word p**o was just an insult – like the word “f****r” – and not meant to be homophobic. FIFA, which investigated Mexico’s use of the chant, eventually agreed. FIFA officials declared that the chant “was not considered insulting in the specific context.”
This year, Mexico got a rude awakening – the Mexican soccer federation was fined $20,000 by FIFA after fans used the chant during a Mexico vs. El Salvador World Cup qualifying match.
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After being cleared in 2014, Mexico fans assumed the debate was over. But Mexico, along with Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay, were fined earlier this year for using “insulting and discriminatory chants.”
Although federation officials said they would appeal the fine, Mexico’s federation president, Decio de Maria, recently told reporters that Mexico should work to eliminate the chant from games.
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In a press conference, de Maria said that it didn’t matter whether the chant is homophobic or not: “At the end of the day, it’s a chant that insults someone. I think as a society, we shouldn’t do that.”