Updates from Monday, June 23
Andrew Das of the New York Times reports FIFA's decision on the homophobic chants from during the World Cup:
FIFA clears Mexico in case of homophobic chanting. No punishment.— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) June 23, 2014
Updates from Friday, June 20
Fox Sports provides Mexico manager Miguel Herrera's response to the allegations:
Herrera says Mexico fans shouting the slur as the rival team's goalkeeper takes a goal kick is ''not that bad.''
He says ''We're with our fans. It's something they do to pressure the opposing goalkeeper.''
Brazil and Mexico fans have been reported to FIFA over the alleged use of homophobic chanting during their recent World Cup match by the Fare network, a group employed to monitor discriminatory disturbances at the major tournament.
Both sets of supporters are said to have chanted the word "puto," which translates as "male whore," at the opposition's goalkeeper, reported by Ben Rumsby of the The Daily Telegraph. Russia and Croatia can also expect attention after displaying neo-Nazi banners during their opening matches with South Korea and Brazil respectively.
Piara Powar, executive director with Fare, explained the problems to the The Daily Telegraph:
It seems that some fans of some countries will take their hatred halfway around the world. These images need to be acted on urgently. The levels of homophobic abuse at some matches is also totally unacceptable. There is some rapid education required before it begins to run out of control.
Power also confirmed "zero tolerance is the approach set out" to such offences at the showcase competition.
BBC News report FIFA opened proceedings against Mexico after claims of racist abuse by their fans during their Group A opener against Cameroon. The article details how "serious offences can be punished by deducting points, relegation or expulsion from a competition."
FIFA is yet to seriously clamp down on prejudice within the game, despite threatening to do so with new measures. Champions League teams such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among those to have been hit with partial stadium closures in the club game, but the threat of losing points or being kicked out of a major tournament is yet to be properly applied.
The Russian national team did receive a suspended six-point penalty for "various offences" during qualifying for Euro 2012, per Rumsby's report, but this doesn't provide an instant retort against those who offend. CSKA Moscow are perhaps the closest club side to stepping across this line after multiple incidents, reported by BBC Sport.
Croatian fans are said to have unfurled a banner in the match with Brazil, showing "the coat of arms of a fascist regime under Nazi control during World War II," noted by Rumsby. This comes after the nation was fined three times for an array of comparable incidents at Euro 2012.
As proven throughout many cases, financial repentance rarely stops incidents from repeating and certainly doesn't make enough of an impact on teams who aren't worried by a slight dent to their cash. FIFA president Sepp Blatter is a backer of punishment that causes sides "real hurt," saying only "drastic and severe" measures will drill discriminatory behaviour out of football, per BBC Sport.
Racism is certainly on the mind of the governing body's overseer, who accused the British media of being "racist" after it recently revealed allegations of corruption during the bidding process for the Qatar World Cup in 2022, reported by Owen Gibson of The Guardian.
While such a call seems rather extreme in that case, Blatter has the opportunity to show the world FIFA is ready to utilise its power in a way that actually affects offending teams' prospects, should any of the aforementioned nations be deemed guilty.
Implementing expulsion and instant point deductions has been difficult before, but after Blatter confirmed he is to stand for president during the next FIFA elections, the strategy may finally be deployed as a showing of his strength.