Mexico City ( Associated Press) —
The Mexican Soccer Federation says any fan caught raising homophobic slogans at their matches will face a five-year ban from national team games.
Federation president Yon de Luisa said fans buying tickets would have to enter their personal information and present a QR code and identification at the stadium entrance. Security attendance at national team matches will be increased to ensure that anyone heard raising objectionable slogans faces a ban.
The measures are the latest step in the Mexican federation’s efforts to end the spell, which has been directed at opposing goalkeepers and led to sanctions by football’s governing body FIFA.
“We cannot tolerate discriminatory acts. We cannot play in an empty stadium. We invite our fans to adopt these measures,” De Luisa said during a news conference on Monday. “It’s not a measure designed to avoid re-sales, but it will undoubtedly have an impact because fans now have to be registered to be able to enter, even if they have tickets.”
FIFA’s disciplinary committee announces two-match ban on fans and fined 60,000 Swiss francs ($65,000) in June after anti-gay chants were heard during Olympic qualifying matches in March against the Dominican Republic and the United States in Guadalajara. Penalty reduced to one game After an appeal in August, and El Trai opened World Cup qualifying with a 2–1 win over Jamaica on 2 September at the empty Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
FIFA’s disciplinary committee on 1 November ordered Mexico to play their next two home World Cup qualifiers without fans. and fined the Federation 100,000 Swiss Francs ($110,000) as punishment for homophobic chants during the October qualifiers against Honduras and Canada in Mexico City.
Mexico hosts Costa Rica on 30 January and Panama Azteca on 2 February. The federation says it plans to invite around 2,000 people to the games, a group of relatives of the team and employees of the federation.
The federation expects new measures to be taken for the March 24 home qualifiers against the United States.
The chant emerged during a pre-Olympic tournament in Guadalajara in 2003. It spread during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and since then the Mexican federation has faced more than a dozen sanctions, despite the campaign urging fans to stop.
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