FIFA Will Investigate Anti-Gay Slurs At World Cup From Mexico & Brazil Fans

There has been an epidemic of homophobia within the World Cup stands for years, but FIFA, sparked by fans of Teams Mexico and Brazil, is finally ready to do something about it. The slurs in question were thrown around on Tuesday when the two national teams faced off, and include "puta," an anti-gay slur that fans use loosely from the stands. 

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The slur, which translates into "fag" or "man-whore" or "coward," is chanted during an opposing team's goal kick.

On Tuesday, Brazilian fans stole the chant and used it against Mexican players. FARE, the anti-discrimination group monitoring abusive fan behavior at the event, reported the chants to FIFA, the London Telegraph reports. Croatia and Russia fans were also reported for their fans unfurling neo-Nazi banners.

It's been amazing to see how many people have commented on various websites defending the use of "puto" and claiming its not homophobic. Some point to it as a Mexican tradition, ignoring the fact that its use at games only started in 2003 (I have shirts older than that). 

CONAPRED, the Mexican federal body charged with tackling discrimination, roundly condemned the use of "puto" at soccer matches, saying correctly: "Seeking to eliminate this practice is not trying to stifle free expression, but avoid the normalization of sexism, machismo and homophobia, understanding that the full exercise of all freedom has to be done in respect to the rights of third parties, without discrimination."

"It seems that some fans of some countries will take their hatred halfway around the world. These images need to be acted on urgently," Piara Powar, executive director of FARE, which brought the heavy use of slurs to FIFA's attention this week, said. "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."

"FIFA has some strong regulations in place and we hope they use them. Zero tolerance is the approach set out," Powar adds. "It is what is required here."

 

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Lo preocupante no son sólo las sanciones, sino que, los fans representan al pueblo, la gente, al igual que la FIFA, no saben diferenciar entre un grupo de fans en un estadio y la gente de un país completo. Siento que al llamar a los fans homofobicos, se puede llegar a generar la idea de un país homofobico y a su vez crear odio hacia un país completo o como mínimo hacia los fans. Me asusta el poco tacto de la FIFA , de generar esa polémica, precisamente en el mundial. Por que si uno lee la noticia de este hecho en otro idioma, al traducir el significado de la palabra puto al inglés y me imagino que a varios idiomas más, no queda pie a dudas de que la palabra es homofobica, ya que lo traducen como “fag”. No tuvieron ningún tacto ni don de la oportunidad para decidir que no quieren que se grite esta palabra.
Al querer frenar lo que puede considerarse una expresión de odio, pueden generar otro tipo de odio o racismo.
Por mi parte creo que el uso y el contexto que se le de viene de la idiosincrasia de ciertos grupos. Es una palabra vulgar y en ciertos círculos puede tener un sólo significado. Pero hay grupos de gente que son más “mal hablados” o “groseros” que otros y en esos grupos la palabra en si ha perdido sentido homofobico puesto que es coloquial y se usa por costumbre.
En grupos que analizan más o que usan menos la palabra, el significado es puramente homofobico puesto que lo traducen, es decir., quien razona lo que dice, si le da un sentido homofobico, puesto que la traducen como; puto=a prostituto hombre= marica y aunque lo uses para decir cobarde es homofobica , puesto que, si eres eres cobarde eres mujer u homosexual, entonces, dicha palabra es homofobica y machista.
Pero la gente que la usa más, ya no lo piensa. No traducen ni razonan los significados; ya es parte de su lenguaje y la usan para decir, cobarde, miedoso, etc. Y en ese sentido no es homofobica,
Y para muestra pregunto lo siguiente
Si un par de amigos están en una situación y uno no quiere hacer algo que el otro le pide, ¿como creen que se ofendería más?
Si le dice:
No seas puto
O si le dice:
No seas marica (o maricón)
En realidad yo creo que la segunda no esta permitida entre “cuates” y la primera opción si.
¿La razón? Pues que la primera no sería tomada en el mismo sentido que la segunda, la segunda si sería tomada como ofensa, puesto que, en esta sociedad machista, decirle gay o marica a alguien, se usa para ofender, la primera opción no sería ofensa, por todo lo que ya mencione y por que ya no se toma en ese sentido, sino únicamente como miedoso (en el caso del ejemplo)
En ese sentido marica y maricón no son consideradas palabras vulgares y sin embargo son 100% homofobicas.
La otra palabra es vulgar pero en ese contexto no es homofobica

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PUTA = FIFA
PUTO = FIFA

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The shout has nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the goalie or event anyone in the opposing team. As always you are taking the literal translation of the expression and jumping to conclusions. Read and learn before judging everything, not everything is about or against the "gays". 

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This article is incorrect.  That is not the meaning of puta..it means bitch, slut, whore....

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Just FYI it's PUTO no PUTA.

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@Gustavo
I hope you were being sarcastic, because if you are kicking Mexicans back to where they belong, I hope they have better spelling/grammar than where you will reside.

And this kind of name-calling has no place in sports. It is not about being "sensitive", rather about being respectful.

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Kick them Mexican back to where the belongs to "NON CIVILIZED TRIBES"

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You're Such A Puto

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Oh God no, puta/puto doesnt mean GAY or fag is a short way of saying prostitue (prostituta in spanish) ProstituUTA see it? And puto is the male version of it so please stop being over sensitive and stop making up dramas, if we continue to be this "extremely sensitive" about the topic Gays will have a bad name, like no one would want to socialize with us cause we're going to run with mommy to tell her that someone used an "anti-gay slur" 

grow up

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its a shame, this sport has such a gay vibe to it , i dont get it.

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Puta means Bitch....

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