(Blogmensgo, gay blog of June 27, 2018) At the Gay Pride de Mexico Parade, which took place on 23 June 2018, there were some unexpected participants: Football fans came to celebrate the victory of the national football team called "El Tri" on the Independence Angel Square (El Ángel de la Independencia). This mixture of gay pride and football is all the more surprising as Fifa had just imposed a fine on Mexico for homophobic songs during the match Germany-Mexico.
Homophobia and football in Mexico: Four incidents recently
- June 17, 2018: German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is called Puto (hustler) by thousands of Mexican fans at the Loujniki Stadium in Moscow
- June 20, 2018: Fifa fines the Mexican Football Federation $10,000 for the homophobic songs of June 17. This is about the tenth fine for Mexico since 2014 for similar acts.
- June 23, 2018: Mexico beats South Korea (1-2) and takes a big step towards qualifying for the round of 16. No homophobic songs stain this match.
- June 23, 2018: Gay Pride Day in Mexico, starting at 12 noon at Independence Angel Square. At about the same time Mexico beats South Korea and the football fans immediately come to the same place. Mexican flags and rainbow flags are waved at this surprising joint celebration.
Here’s a look at the Mexican fans calling Manuel Neuer “puto”:
Between the meshes of the net
The sanctions against homophobia in football will have no deterrent effect as long as they start with an excessively mild minimum penalty.
A fine of $10,000 against a country as large as Mexico is not particularly deterrent. Other punishments should come into play.
With such a small fine, Fifa merely appears to be taking action against homophobia. Such a ridiculous amount proves that Fifa does not regard homophobia as a scourge that must be quickly and thoroughly eradicated from the stadiums.
Frank-S / MensGo