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June 17, 2017

FIFA Getting Tough with Latin Fans and Gay Slurs in Russia's Games

ST.PETERSBURG, Russia  — In a bid to rid the World Cup of gay slurs, FIFA will get tough with Latin American fans in Russia.
FIFA has ordered tighter monitoring of offensive incidents at Confederations Cup matches which kick off Saturday, and wants referees to stop play if fans persist.
FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said Friday that curbing problems now is "exactly the whole purpose" of anti-discrimination work at the World Cup rehearsal tournament.
"Fans (must) understand that they will be jeopardizing the game by refusing systematically to respect fair play," Samoura said at a briefing.
Confederations Cup teams Chile and Mexico have been sanctioned by FIFA a combined 17 times for fans' homophobic chants in the current World Cup qualifying program.
Chants aimed at opposing goalkeepers are rife in South and Central America football, though some insist they are simply part of terrace culture.
"It's complicated, because for Mexicans it's not a chant with the intent to offend," midfielder Miguel Layun said after a training session in Kazan, Russia. "It's not about racism, it's a chant that we even use among friends."
A leader of the Mexico fan group "Green Wave" doubted FIFA was serious about intervening.
"We talked among ourselves and the feeling is that the chant won't stop. No one believes they'll really stop the game," Gabriel Galvan told The Associated Press.
Mexico's federation has been fined $120,000 by FIFA in recent months. The Gold Cup winner plays Portugal on Sunday in Kazan.
Chile's football federation has been fined a total of $210,000 and prevented from playing four games at its national stadium in Santiago. The Copa America champion plays Cameroon on Sunday in Moscow.
Samoura said pre-match announcements in the four Confederations Cup stadiums can start a process that allows referees to pause play to broadcast warnings, and ultimately abandon games.
"If sanctions and education do not work then we have to take it further," said the FIFA official, who said it has prepared an anti-racism message from Diego Maradona to be revealed on Saturday.
The process now adopted by FIFA has been used for several years by European football body UEFA. It was highlighted ahead of the 2012 European Championship played in Poland and Ukraine when Italy forward Mario Balotelli, who is black, said he was prepared to walk off the pitch if targeted by fans for abuse.
Russian league matches have also had a problem with racism and far-right fans with 89 incidents reported last season.
"We are grateful to FIFA," Russian deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko said through a translator on Friday, sitting next to Samoura at a briefing. "With great satisfaction we have welcomed this decision that the system will be strict."
However, Mutko suggested racism in football was no longer a "systematic" problem in Russia.
"We do not see any big problems here," said Mukto, who heads the World Cup organizing committee. "This is a problem that is not purely Russian. It exists everywhere in the world."
AP Sports Writer Carlos Rodriguez in Kazan, Russia, contributed to this report

August 4, 2016

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Stops Anti Gay Chants on Its Tracks

The following article was published by Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass who weighs in on Chicago Fire General Manager Nelson Rodriquez’s decision to take to the pitch before Sunday’s game to tell fans they can no longer use a derogatory chant popular in Mexico. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune)

Fans chant for their team

My favorite team, the Chicago Fire, isn't the best soccer club in the world. They're in last place in their league, although they have a chance to get into the finals of the U.S. Open Cup.

Last year I was so depressed, I advocated hiring the Grim Reaper as a mascot. This year, despite the pain, I'm weirdly optimistic about the future.

But I'm not writing today about soccer on the field.

I’m writing about the stellar character of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and its decision to take a stand against an infamous anti-gay chant common among soccer-crazy Mexican fans. 
When a business — and the Fire is a business — stands up for honor and principle and against behavior common to a core fan group that buys tickets — that's a story.

The other night at Toyota Park, I was sitting with my sons — both in college and current soccer players — when Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez walked out onto the field alone.

It was "Pride" night. The Chicago Gay Men's Chorus had finished a fine rendition of the national anthem before Sunday's game with the New York Red Bulls.

That's when Rodriguez walked into the center circle and did something the rest of the soccer world doesn't seem able to do.

Soccer fans need to stop with the offensive chants
Soccer fans need to stop with the offensive chants
He looked up into the stands and announced that any fan found to be using the infamous anti-gay Mexican soccer chant would be booted out of the stadium.

"An inappropriate and offensive chant has been used by some of our fans," Rodriguez said. "It is unbecoming and certainly not reflective of the great city that we live in, and the best fans in major league soccer.

"Please be advised that if the chant continues and you are found to be participating, you are subject to removal. If you are near fans using offensive language, please advise stadium security so we can handle that as well."

And all I could say was "bravo."

There were a few boos. But most of us applauded him. And I didn't hear that chant once during the game.

If you know soccer, you know the chant I'm talking about, a chant of one word:


It means effeminate man whore. It is ugly and demeaning, directed at gay men in a macho culture, but at soccer games it is directed at the goalie of the opposing team.

Some apologists insist that it's not an anti-gay chant, per se, and that it's ingrained in Mexican soccer culture.

But a 2015 story about the "puto" chant in SB Nation written by Jim Buzinski explained it best. He interviewed Andres Aradillas-Lopez, a Penn State economics professor who was born and raised in Mexico and is an ardent fan of the Mexican national team.

Aradillas-Lopez is not gay, but he loathes the term and rebuts the apologists this way.

"What they omit to say is that 'puto' has always been a derogatory term used against gay men and, therefore, is a gay slur. In the macho universe, gay men are a subset of the universe of 'putos' (I would like them to tell me why, then, do they not chant 'puta' at women's soccer games)."

If you've watched any soccer involving the Mexican national team, you've heard it coming through on broadcasts. Sometimes 100,000 Mexican fans will scream it, and in games against the U.S. team, they shout it in once voice, at the American goalie, when he punts the ball forward on a goal kick.

It was shouted at other teams as well in the Copa America tournament here this summer. Mexico has a great team. I picked them to win that tournament. They lost, but the nation of Mexico loses face every time the fans shout the term.

The international governing body of soccer, FIFA, has been unable to stop it. But maybe that's because Mexican fans buy tickets, and the sport doesn't want to lose money.

One way to stop it is to penalize the Mexican national team, strip it of points or order the team to play in empty stadiums, without their fans. But that would cost money.

I hate hearing it. I didn't want my wife and kids to hear it when the kids were young soccer players.

I'm not your thought police. If you wish to use such language at home, be my guest. But an organized chant in a public place where I'm paying for a ticket? No thank you.

The Fire have put out public service announcements asking fans to respect each other. But they had had enough. So Nelson Rodriguez took that walk and said his piece.

"This chant is offensive," he told me in an interview at Toyota Park. "It's vulgar, it's inappropriate and it runs contrary I think — even in my short time here — to the spirit of Chicago, which at every turn I just find is warm and welcoming and friendly, and I'm of Latino descent."

The chant, he said, "is not clever or creative, or catchy or appropriate in any way. Yeah, I'm not deaf. I heard a smattering of boos. But that's a very small minority of fans, and I don't care if they don't return. In fact, personally, if they are booing the message as opposed to booing the messenger, go find another team to support."

Rodriguez says there is no victory without honor. He's right.

The Chicago Fire won't always be in last place. And today, they’re champions.

Twitter @John_Kass

February 10, 2013

NC/State/Tyler Lewis Grandmother Died } Jerk off Fans Kept Yelling For his Grandma’s Health

NC State Tyler Lewis Grandmother Just Died, So Duke Fans Chant “How’s Your Grandma?” {Video below}

Tyler Lewis
Losing your grandmother is a traumatic experience and by all accounts Lewis was very close to his. She just passed away last Friday and understandably he is taking it hard, but was playing through it. The National Media treats Duke with kid gloves and as if they have Halos, but what are they going to say about this?
If this was the NC State crowd chanting this to a Duke player it would be national news. We will see how the mainstream media and Dick Vitale addresses this. It doesn’t matte if it was one fan, 100 fans or 10000 fans. While they will spin it as a “Past your Bedtime” chant that did happened, they will ignore the chant previous to that about Lewis’ grandmother, which can be heard faintly in background.

A Duke fan in the stands confirmed and identifies the people who chanted about Lewis’ grandmother on aDuke Fan Site Blog.
Duke Fan Comment
Duke has denied the incident has occurred.

February 1, 2013

Female SportsTV Reporter } Gets Simulated Sex Behind Her

soccer fans videobomb reporter by dry humping

Female sports reporters have tough jobs. Yes, it seems like it would be a ton of fun to cover sports, talk to athletes, get into games for free, and all that. But they have to put up with a lot of nonsense.
So it’s no wonder that sometimes they snap. Yesterday, for example, we saw a fed up TV reporter namedJessica Sanchez from WKMG in Orlando deal with a drunk 49ers fan in a very novel way; by inflicting utter humiliation.
Luckily for the two idiots in the video we have for you today, the reporter they were videobombing was notJessica Sanchez, because she probably would have torn these guys’ heads right off and drop kicked them.
Instead, it was a reporter from Sky Sports in the UK named Kate Riley who was doing a live report about the soccer transfer deadline yesterday when two upstanding young gentlemen got in her shot and started dry humping. Riley didn’t seem to notice, however. And if she did, she didn’t let on.  Rather, she just kept going.

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