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Homophobic chants continue at FIFA games despite fines

Mexico the worst offender for homophobic chants at FIFA games.
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OutSports is reporting that FIFA has issued 51 fines against 16 countries for “homophobic actions” by fans at 2018 World Cup qualifying matches.

Each citation carries with it a reprimand and a warning. Despite these penalties, the offensive chanting continues at these sporting events. 

Here are the countries and how many times they have been in violation:

Argentina (5)

Brazil (4)

Chile (9)

Columbia

Costa Rica

Ecuador

El Salvador (2)

Greece

Honduras (5)

Hungary

Mexico (11)

Panama (3)

Paraguay 

Peru (4)

Serbia

Uruguay

On that list Mexico has the most offenses.

“Clearly fines and public-relations campaigns are not working as the anti-gay chants have even crept into other sports and leagues like the NFL,” reports OutSports.

The publication believes that fines aren’t enough to stop these homophobic chants and if FIFA is serious about stopping them they will, “ force countries with poorly behaved fans to play matches in front of empty stadiums, even if that is at the World Cup.”