Mexico fined by FIFA for using abusive chants against Germany

Mexico fined by FIFA for using abusive chants against Germany

- Mexico have been fined for using homophobic chants during match with Germany

- Mexican fans were using abusive words mostly for German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer

- FIFA have also hammered Serbia for displaying offensive banner during Costa Rica game

The Mexican Football Federation has been fined 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,615) after its fans sang homophobic chants during Mexico's 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday.

Football's world governing body FIFA said it had also warned Mexico's federation, the FMF, it could face "additional sanctions" if there are "repeated infringements".

"FIFA has a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination," a spokesperson said.

Mexico banned by FIFA for using abusive chants against Germany

Mexico fans outside the Luzhnik Stadium during their match against Germany. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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A panel of the governing body has also sanctioned the Serbian Football Association with a 10,000 Swiss franc fine for the "display of an offensive and political banner by Serbian fans" during their 1-0 win against Costa Rica.

The FMF has repeatedly asked Mexican fans to refrain from using the chant, which features the Spanish word for a male prostitute and it is usually sung when the opposition goalkeeper is taking a goal kick.

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Last year the FMF successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against two larger FIFA fines for the same offence.

CAS agreed that the chant was not intended to "offend or discriminate" so it downgraded the fines to a warning.

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But, it also said the chant could still be "considered discriminatory or insulting and should not be tolerated in football stadiums".

It said should the offence take place in the future, "harsher sanctions" should be imposed on the FMF.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Mexican national team defeated, defending champions, Germany by a lone goal.

Hirving Lozano's powerful first half strike sealed the victory for the North American side.

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Source: Legit.ng

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