FIFA clamps down on discrimination with seven sanctions


May 30 – FIFA has punished seven nations – including Mexico, Chile and Croatia – for discriminatory behaviour from supporters, including homophobic chants.

Croatia, whose fans have a track record of incurring the wrath of the authorities, have been ordered to play their first two 2018 World Cup qualifiers behind closed doors and have been fined SFr150,000 for incidents which took place in friendly matches against Israel and Hungary last month.

Chile have been barred from playing at their Estadio Nacional Julio Martinez Pradanos home for two official matches, the first of which will be served at the next qualifier against Bolivia, the second suspended for two years.

Mexico, Honduras, Paraguay, El Salvador and Peru have also been fined for “discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants in some instances.”

Mexico was fined a total of SFr35,000 for two cases while Honduras have been fined SFr 40,000, El Salvador SFr 35,000, Paraguay SFr 20,000 and Peru SFr 15,000.

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