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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—To show the world that they are against offensive languages, the Mexican soccer federation has vowed to penalize fans who will use a wildly popular anti-gay chant in the forthcoming games of the Mexico soccer team on US soil this year.
Yon de Luisa, the Mexican federation’s president, said in coordination with FIFA they will penalize fans who will continue to utter the anti-gay slur in the forthcoming games of his team in the US.
“The first one is letting [fans] know the possible consequences,” Luisa said.
“And the second one is letting our fans know that this is not the behavior, this is not the image, that we want to show from Mexico,” Luisa added.
Luisa revealed based on the FIFA directive, soccer referees can end matches if fans use chants or display behavior deemed to be homophobic or racist.
He said the FIFA guidelines involve a three-step process. At the first offense, officials are to stop the match and request a public-service announcement calling on spectators to cease the discriminatory behavior. If the behavior continues, the match can be halted again and the players can be sent to their locker rooms.
If play is halted a third time, officials are instructed to abandon the match. In addition, fans identified by security or other spectators as having used the chant can be
ejected from the stadium.
To ensure Mexican fans will be fully aware of the FIFA directive, the federation, along with Soccer United Marketing, which promotes Mexico’s games in the U.S., will be releasing educational social-media posts in specific markets ahead of the upcoming matches.
“This time is different because of the changes with the FIFA disciplinary code,” he said.
“This time the sanctions are for real,” he added.
One of the matches of Mexico on US soil will be held here particularly against the Honduran soccer team on June 12 around 7:30 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The match between Mexico and Honduras is also expected to be intense since their faceoff is their final preparations ahead of the region’s top national team competition, the Concacaf Gold Cup, which begins in July.
As a safety precaution against the deadly global pandemic COVID-19, soccer fans who will watch the Mexico-Honduras soccer game need to adhere to all MexTour, stadium, and local health guidelines, including mandatory facemask use, and frictionless transactions.
Die-hard soccer fans can now book their hotel accommodations for the match through the official MexTour hotel link, https://hotels.mextour.org/.
Since their rivalry started many years back, Mexico and Honduras already fought 37 times on the global soccer stage with the former winning 23 games, losing six games, and drawn eight games.
While Mexico got the number in their head-to-head matches, Honduras was able to beat Mexico in their last meeting on October 10, 2017, at a FIFA World Cup qualifying match 3-2 in San Pedro Sula.
Honduras is also considered a global soccer powerhouse since they qualified for three previous FIFA World Cups.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the perfect stadium for this exciting soccer rivalry since it is one of the top venues in the world and the home of Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United and the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
In 2019, the widely popular stadium in Atlanta also hosted the Mexican National Team who beat Venezuela 3-1 in front of nearly 52,000 fans.
Soccer die-hard who wish to watch this equally exciting match can buy their tickets at www.MexTour.org. True to its name, MexTour is set to bring more excitement to soccer fans in the US as the soccer promotion company plans to add at least three additional games, with opponents, dates, and locations to be announced.
Aside from Honduras, Mexico will also be playing other national soccer teams in preparations for this summer’s Gold Cup.
On May 29, Mexico will face Iceland in Arlington, Texas, Panama in Nashville on June 30, and Nigeria in Los Angeles on July 3.

By bob

A veteran soccer journalist who is an avid fan of Atlanta United and Lionel Messi.

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