FIFA Issues Latest Round of Homophobia Fines
FIFA has released their latest round of fines related to fan homophobia, covering World Cup Qualifying matches over the last few months.
For the first time, incidents have not only resulted in warnings and financial penalties, but now also a ban on Chile playing two official matches at their national stadium.
The complete penalties for the quarter are as follows, and are in addition to levies from the final quarter of last year. Swiss Francs are on par with US dollars.
Chile was fined CHF 20,000 for homophobic chants at a home qualifier versus Brazil on March 24. Their next World Cup Qualifier is banned from being played in the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago and the second banned match is suspended for a two-year probationary period.
Honduras was fined CHF 40,000 for homophobic chants and fans using lasers at a home qualifier versus El Salvador on March 29.
Mexico was fined a total of CHF 35,000 for homophobic chants at both their away and home qualifiers versus Canada on March 25 and 29, respectively. (The away match fine was CHF 5,000 more because of an additional penalty for a pitch invasion.)
Paraguay was fined CHF 20,000 for homophobic chants at a home qualifier versus Brazil on March 29.
Peru was fined CHF 15,000 for homophobic chants at a home qualifier versus Venezuela on March 24.
It is good to see FIFA continuing their efforts against homophobia at matches, and that they are not only continuing their penalties, but increasing them as appropriate as well.