The FIFA Disciplinary Committee announced a punishment against the Mexican National Team after discriminatory chants by Aztec fans in the match between Poland and Saudi Arabia at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
According to a brief statement released by soccer’s highest authority, the sanction will be one match behind closed doors and a fine of 108,000 dollars to the Mexican Football Federation (FMF).
“The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has imposed on the FMF a fine of CHF 100,000 and a match behind closed doors as a result of the chants of the Mexican fans during the Mexico-Poland and Saudi Arabia-Mexico matches of the FIFA World Cup”.
When did the homophobic cry start?
The bad habit started 17 years ago in Guadalajara. The bad tradition of shouting “Ehh…! P…!” was born in the pre-Olympic tournament on the road to Athens in 2004, and 17 years later, it caused Mexico to play a part in the World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors.
Despite the strong criticism this practice has received, some fans maintain that this shout is part of a protest movement against the institutional corruption within Mexican soccer.
What is a reality is that the harmful cry of “¡eehh pu…!”, which has already hit the Mexican National Team on several occasions, reappeared during two of the Aztec team’s Group Stage matches in Qatar 2022.
FIFA also fined Ecuador
However, Mexico was not the only one to receive punishment, as the Ecuadorian federation has also been fined, albeit a smaller amount: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has fined the Ecuadorian Football Federation $21,500.”
“It has also sanctioned it with the closure of a part of its stadium (the stands behind the goals) for failing to comply with art. 13 of the Disciplinary Code as a result of the chants of the Ecuadorian fans during the Qatar-Ecuador match of the FIFA World Cup.”