MEXICO CITY— If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. A few months after launching a campaign against the puto chant in fútbol stadiums, the Mexican Soccer Federation has changed course and now argues that the word, which roughly translates to “faggot,” is not intended to be a homophobic slur.
Mexican soccer officials appear to be backtracking after failing to stop Mexican fans from chanting Ehhh Puto! every time the other team’s goalie clears the ball. FIFA recently fined Mexico with another penalty of 30,000 swiss francs (or $30,600) for the “discriminatory and unsporting conduct of fans.”
The chant has already cost Mexico’s Soccer Federation thousands of dollars in fines (some have been paid and others are being appealed). The puto chant has been a headache for the Mexican Soccer Federation since FIFA implemented its so-called anti-discrimination match observers in stadiums for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. But the Mexican fans have refused to capitulate.