Mexico have been cleared of improper conduct charges by football's governing body Fifa after it was claimed that their fans had used chants of a homophobic nature during the World Cup, according to reports.
On June 13 it's alleged that their fans shouted a Spanish "puto" every time Cameron's goalkeeper took a goal kick. The word is understood to mean "male prostitute" in Mexican slang. However, the incident is now considered "not insulting in the specific context."
It's also alleged that fans from Brazil, Russia and Croatia may be guilty of discrimination as well, with Fifa sources confirming they are currently investigating the incidents according to reports.
Fifa's policy against discrimination includes penalties such as having to play games behind closed doors. The anti-discrimination policy means a first offence by players and even fans can result on a fan ban in the future.
PENALTIES COULD BE WORSE
Fifa's punishments could be even worse for any countries found to be breaching their anti-discrimination policy. This can include the deducting of points or expulsion from certain competitions.
Furthermore, officials from football's governing body have found evidence that banners belonging to far-rights groups have been displayed during some of the games at the World Cup, namely the clash between Russia and South Korea.
A European monitoring group called FARE have publicised their disappointment at a lack of action taken against the Mexicans. "We have not been notified of the outcome of FIFA deliberations over the Mexico report.
"But if the decision is that the use of the word "Puto" (faggot) is not homophobic then this is disappointing and contradicts the expert advice of the Mexican government's own anti-discrimination body CONAPRED and numerous other experts."
TOUGH FIFA STANCE
The increased awareness of these problems has come on the back of a tougher stance from Fifa on racism. Last May, Fifa officials across the globe voted for tougher punishments for racism in football.
World football's governing body passed a two-stage resolution with a 99% majority in 2013, with president Sepp Blatter revealing that Fifa has plans saying, "We are doing something now." Only time will tell whether or not Fifa follow through with those threats.
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