Mexico and FIFA go back to sports court in decadelong dispute over soccer fans’ gay slurs

A decadelong dispute between the Mexican soccer federation and FIFA over multiple fines for fans chanting anti-gay slurs at games went to sport’s highest court on Thursday.

GENEVA — A decadelong dispute between the Mexican soccer federation and FIFA over multiple fines for fans chanting anti-gay slurs at games went to sport’s highest court on Thursday.

The latest appeal by Mexico at the Court of Arbitration for Sport challenged financial penalties totaling 100,000 Swiss francs ($114,000) imposed by FIFA for incidents at two games at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Mexico’s next World Cup game will be the opening match at the 2026 tournament, which it is co-hosting with the United States and Canada.

That game at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City should have a global television audience of hundreds of millions viewers.

It will be the first of 13 games at the 2026 tournament played in Mexico, which has tried to curb and educate fans who insist on chanting anti-gay slurs, often at the opposing team’s goalkeeper.

https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/mexico-fifa-go-back-sports-court-decadelong-dispute-soccer-fans-gay-sl-rcna139186


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