Mexico has been suspended for two matches after homophobic singing

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The Mexican men’s national football team will be forced to play two home World Cup qualifiers in empty arenas as a consequence of fans’ continued cries of a homophobic song during the recent October matches.

The Mexican Football Association was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($ 110,000) for allegations of “discriminatory behavior by supporters”. This is not the first time that the organization has been penalized for the defamation, but stands as the latest in the long-running campaign to stop fans from targeting opposing players.

FIFA first imposed sanctions on Mexico for the infamous song in June and announced that the team’s first two home qualifiers would be played behind closed doors.

Consequently, the Azteca was empty when Mexico started its journey to Qatar in September against Jamaica.

Mexico will now host Costa Rica on January 30 and Panama on February 2 in an empty stadium, which will cost the organization millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The song was heard last month when Mexico hosted the matches against Canada and Honduras, with more than 130,000 fans present for these matches.

In the past, the association has been threatened with losing games and losing points due to the song.

The October qualifier caused controversy as fans in El Salvador also showed several behaviors that caught FIFA’s attention. During the match against Mexico, fans were seen throwing several objects at opposing players and hitting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with what appeared to be a bag of water.

El Salvador has now been fined 30,000 Swiss francs ($ 32,000) for the actions taken by the fans.

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