FIFA fines five nations for fans’ homophobic chants during 2018 World Cup qualifiers

Photo credit: AFP.

Photo credit: AFP.

FIFA has handed out fines to the football associations of Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay for homophobic chants by supporters during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

World soccer’s governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against the associations of the respective countries after studying evidence gathered by their Anti-Discrimination Monitoring System.

FIFA confirmed that Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay had each been fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,831) for individual cases while Chile has been fined a total of 70,000 Swiss francs for four cases.

“All of the proceedings relate to homophobic chants by the respective team’s fans, with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee finding the associations to have violated article 67 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC),” read a FIFA statement.

In addition to the fines handed down, FIFA said proceedings against the Honduras Football Association “for apparent homophobic chants by its supporters” are ongoing.

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