The controversial reaction of the Tricolor fans reappeared in the last preparation match against Sweden
Mexican fans chat during the match that their team lost to Sweden. Montilivi Stadium, Girona, Spain. November 16, 2022. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Prior to their debut in Qatar 2022, the National Team led by Gerardo Martino suffered a setback in their last warm-up match where they lost 2-1 against Sweden, however, this was not the only wake-up call for the TriWell, the homophobic cry reappeared among a sector of the Mexican fans.
Fed up with the poor results and the performance of the Tricolor made the fans meet at the Municipal Stadium of Montilivi in Girona, Spain that at minute 27 of the game the discriminatory word was heard in a clearance by the goalkeeper, Kristoffer Nordfeldt.
The outcry against the goalkeeper rival, how many problems has it brought to the Mexican Soccer Federation (Femexfut), was not heard from again, but the behavior of the avid Tri fans worries managers ahead of the World Cup Qatar 2022.
Would the National Team be affected by the homophobic cry during Qatar 2022?
After the fact, various people have questioned whether Gerardo Martino's team and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) would be affected by the shout, however, this is not the case, since the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has already announced that there will be no penalty for the Tricolor in Qatar 2022.
This is because the The Mexican Football Federation had previously carried out campaigns to raise awareness among fans to avoid this behavior on the sporting scene. Due to this precedent, FIFA considers that as long as they continue their permanent campaign to eradicate the shouting, it is enough.
In Liga MX matches or in friendlies of the National Team, protocols have had to be established. Such is the case that there was a second homophobic cry, the central judge of the commitment would have stopped the game again and the players would have had to go backstage, until the referee considered that there were conditions to resume the friendly game. A third act of indiscipline would have meant the culmination of the duel.
Soccer Football – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – Doha, Qatar – November 16, 2022 Qatar and Mexico fans are pictured with flags in front of the dugong installation REUTERS/Marko Djurica
The President of the FMF, Yon de Luisa, confirmed in June this year that after lengthy talks with FIFA He managed to get the governing body of world soccer to stop sanctioning the Central American team for the irrational conduct of some of its fans. This was possible thanks to the campaigns carried out in each party and through social networks recriminating this:
“I can tell you that all this effort has already paid off. With FIFA we have already reached an agreement in the sense that FIFA is going to change its position on punishments. It will no longer punish the Mexican Soccer Federation and the clubs as long as they maintain all the initiatives we have, at the campaign level and at the stadium control level.”
Mexico has been Penalized repeatedly over the years for screaming fans with the homophobic slur, fines totaling some $656,400 have been paid. When FIFA detected the meaning of the cry in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it issued warnings to the Mexican Football Federation.
Tata Martino shared the list of 31 called up for the last friendly games (Photo: Twitter/@miseleccionmx)
After the tournament, the world body withdrew any type of fine considering that the fans had no “intent to offend.” FIFA has established a pyramid of punishments: first financial, then matches without fans, then the loss of points towards the World Cup and, finally, an expulsion from it.
Since Qatar's designation in 2010 as the venue for the World Cup, has been embroiled in international controversy, among suspicions of corruption, abuse of its workers and women, as well as discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.