Homophobic Slurs at Soccer Final Lead to Three Minute Halt

Monday June 7, 2021

One of the more disturbing trends in international sports as of late has been the homophobic chants shouted by Mexican fans at games. On Sunday, the chants halted a match between the United States and Mexico at Denver's Empower Field at Mile High in Denver," USA Today has reported.

"As the match was coming to a close in the second half during stoppage time, the chants were heard from the crowd and the officials asked them to stop. But the unruly fan behavior didn't end there."

The United States won the game 4-3 in overtime.

"A testy match that was stopped for about three minutes in second-half stoppage time because of discriminatory fan chants at Empower Field also was marred by American attacker Gio Reyna getting hit on the face by a thrown object following [Christian] Pulisic's goal," according to the Associated Press.

"Total lack of respect for what's happening on the field and all effort that both teams are putting into the game," U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said. "I think he's going to be OK, but he did take something to the head, and it could have been a lot worse."

This wasn't the first time a CONCACAF Nations League game has been interrupted with chants of "puta," reports OutSports.

Per the outlet, "On Thursday, the match between Mexico and Costa Rica — won by Mexico on penalty kicks, 5-4 — was halted because Mexico fans couldn't resist raining the gay slur down on Empower Field at Mile High in Denver. The referee waited until the final minutes of the match to tack action."

Taking to Twitter, the CONCACAF Nations League tweeted: "Due to discriminatory chanting, the referee has stopped the match for up to three minutes. This action is part of @Concacaf's antidiscrimination protocol."

But as Outsports pointed out in a tweet, they have to address the disruption of Sunday's game.

"While some people push back against the notion that calling someone a 'male prostitute' (English translation for 'puto') is anti-gay, that ship has sailed long ago. Most recently, Major League Soccer fined and suspended USMNT player Sebastian Lletget for directing the slur at another teammate in a private setting (and later shared it on Instagram)."