Thursday, December 08, 2022

FIFA investigates Mexico for offensive and discriminatory songs in Qatar 2022 stadiums

Qatar 2022 has demonstrated FIFA’s double standards like never before. (Jia Haocheng/Xinhua via Getty Images)

Qatar 2022 has been the height of hypocrisy. And on top of everything is FIFA. Cynicism knows no bounds for the leaders of the ball. Mexico and Ecuador fans will be scrutinized for discriminatory chants during their teams’ first matches in the group stage. as collected CountryAztecs fans didn’t remember the shout they heard when the rival goaltender cleared, but they sang the discriminatory tune: “He who does not jump is a Polish fagot!”

For its part, the Ecuadorian party has been accused of increasing homophobic chants against Chile, a country with which they have competed in recent months after a dispute, according to CNN, that led to Byron Castillo’s alignment in qualifying matches. Caused (Andeans appealed, but Ecuador was able to participate in the World Cup), And let’s see, you have to go to the part so that everything is clear: yes, it is scandalous. Both of them If the same can be said of the enthusiasm of the Argentines in the streets of Doha, then the metric should be maintained.

The issue is, once again, the double standards with which FIFA operates, which already sounds like an old joke. They do everything to oppose themselves. Well, they care that gays are not discriminated against through expressions in stadiums, And then why don’t they let teams out with rainbow bracelets? And why was Belgium denied the option of displaying the word “Love” on its shield?

FIFA says, and its supporters say, that all political messaging is prohibited on the football field. Humility in general: Let’s not talk about the things that matter, However a World Cup is an unbeatable setting to highlight all the problems that football can help tackle (No, whatever happens in court won’t solve anything, we already know that, Genius). If Germany comes out with its mouth covered, it points directly to the censorship of power; If Australia asks that Qatar let its people love whom they want to love; If Denmark raises its voice for human rights; Why does FIFA insist on creating a caricature in which everything is wonderful?

We were talking about cognitive dissonance a few days ago, quoting Enrique Gonzalez, and how we do the opposite of what we think: watch the World Cup knowing that there was a trail of blood. FIFA is headed in the same direction: they promote two World Cups in a row in homophobic countries and at the same time (at the same time!), they sanction homophobic chants. What game are Mr. Infantino and his court playing?

Since Brazil 2014, homophobic cries from Mexican fans have dogged FIFA’s privileged sector. It couldn’t have been shouted in a stadium. There were many who defended it: they said it was part of Mexican popular culture. Even the federation’s first pleas to advocate for its fans were shrouded in folklore nuance. Then, with sanctions at the top, there was no way left: Change the speech (although it has always been clear that it was a discriminatory cry) and avoid ear pulling.

And the Mexican Federation can serve as some great example. Yes, when they looked up to the real problems they only acknowledged they were part of the problem by qualifying for violent speech. And what is FIFA if not a federation like the Mexican one ruling the world? What if Germany, Denmark, Belgium and Australia decide not to go out and play? Yes, I invite you to dream for a moment: no sport is played until there are personal guarantees and full civil rights for all residents of Qatar.

What was FIFA going to do? Continue to believe that they have absolute power? For it seems that they decide not only what is right and what is wrong: they also decide when it is right and when it is wrong, and where it is and where it Not there. Lawyer Infantino said progress has been made in Qatar and no one recognizes it. what was missing: FIFA and the Emirates should be commended for being so humane. “They are semi-slaveholders, but they may be slaveholders”, seemed to be the official discourse.

It is known to Mexican fans that the moments of embarrassment will not disappear. The four men needed the support of the Mexican Foreign Ministry right after the first game. And what do we lack. But the nerve center of the problem comes from elsewhere, from the top of the pyramid. FIFA no longer leads by example (it has never done so, nor will it do so), but instead walks around with a different moral guide in each hand. And worst of all: they walk like this all over the world, without any sorrow.

His cheeks turn red only when a team tries to come out with multicolored armbands and when the crowd discriminates in the stadium. His nose begins and ends in the morals of others. But not everything is said. The more hypocrites they are, the more they expose themselves to the whole world and, above all, to the true and only owners of the ball, who are already beginning to tire of being puppets. Players still have little to do, yes, but the irritation is no longer hidden.

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