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Chile sanctioned with fine and stadium ban for eighth bout of homophobic chanting

Tuesday, December 20th 2016 - 07:00 UTC
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 This is the eighth time since October 2015 that Chile has been sanctioned by Fifa for similar homophobic incidents by their supporters. This is the eighth time since October 2015 that Chile has been sanctioned by Fifa for similar homophobic incidents by their supporters.

Fifa hit Chile with a two-match stadium ban and a 30,000 Swiss franc (US$29,000) fine on Monday for a fresh bout of homophobic chanting by their fans. The Copa America champions are barred from playing at their Santiago home stadium for matches against Paraguay and Ecuador next year.

 This is the eighth time since October 2015 that Chile has been sanctioned by Fifa for similar homophobic incidents by their supporters. The latest case involved chanting at Chile's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on 15 November.

Fifa announced in a statement that the ban and fine “relate to homophobic chants by the team's fans and follow previous sanctions for similar incidents during the preliminary competition of the 2018 Fifa World Cup”.

Fifa also took action against Romania following incidents which marred their qualifier against Poland in Bucharest last month. Romanian fans threw a firework at Poland's Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and on the terraces supporters from both countries fired flares at one another, causing the game to be halted at one point.

Fifa fined Romania 95,000 Swiss francs and banned them from playing at their Bucharest stadium for one match with a second match ban suspended.

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  • Voice

    How are they going to stop fans chanting...that's what fans do at football matches and where do you draw the line...?
    ...”We had joy we had fun, we had XXXX on the run, but the joy didn't last coz the Bastards were too fast...
    Illegitimate offspring...?..Casting aspersions...?

    Dec 20th, 2016 - 08:17 pm 0
  • ElaineB

    Homophobia is still strong in Chile. It depends on the class, education and how religious the family is but it is still strong. I know of people that will never come out to their parents because it would bring shame on the family - an average middle-class family. The use of gay slurs is still common and a typical insult. In this respect I would say that Argentines are far more liberal thinking.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 02:34 pm 0
  • jakesnake

    While some Chileans under the age of 30 are more open, you will still quite often hear “ese hueco blah blah blah” or “hueco culiao”, etc. In fact you'll hear it left and right in Chile. Machismo is still definitely a thing in Chile and will be for a long time.

    Dec 21st, 2016 - 06:59 pm 0
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