MLS All-Star Game Suspended For Ten Minutes After Fans’ Homophobic Chants
- An All-Star match between top MLS players and their Liga MX counterparts in Mexico was paused in LA after fans began using homophobic chant
- Spectators at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles began using the chant early in the first half, leading to a 10-minute delay and ejection threats
- The chant is said to have started with fans of the Mexican national team in the early 2000s and roughly translates to “gay prostitute.”
- It is used during goal kicks by the opponent while the goalkeeper kicks the ball into the field
An All-Star game between top MLS players and their Mexican League MX counterparts was paused in Los Angeles on Wednesday due to another incident in which fans used homophobic chants.
Spectators at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles began using the chant early in the first half, leading to a 10-minute delay and the threat of ejections.
“Anyone who participates in the discriminatory chanting will be expelled from the stadium,” a warning from the MLS read on the scoreboard.
According to Sports news, the chant is believed to have started with fans of the Mexican national team in the early 2000s, and uses a Hispanic homophobe Sur which roughly translates to “gay prostitute.” It is usually used during opposing goal kicks when the goalkeeper kicks the ball into the field.
The MLS All-Stars eventually won a shootout after a 1-1 draw with their Mexico counterparts.
Spectators at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles began using the chant early in the first half, leading to a 10-minute delay. ‘Anyone who participates in the discriminatory chanting will be evicted from the stadium,’ read a warning from the MLS on the scoreboard
Players from both teams are waiting for All-Star game to resume with a 10-minute delay due to fans’ use of homophobic chants
Football officials have tried to stop anti-gay chants among Mexican fans and even implemented a three-step protocol used in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The first step is to stop the game and warn the fans. But if that doesn’t work, umpires have the right to take players from the field to the locker room, and even stop the game if necessary.
On Wednesday, FIFA agreed to lower Mexico’s penalty for anti-gay chants heard during March’s Olympic qualifiers, Mexican football officials said Wednesday.
The Mexican Football Federation said it had been notified by FIFA that the Mexican men’s team will only be required to play one match without fans, instead of two as originally mandated.
MLS fans at the All-Star Shooting Challenge during the 2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge held at the Banc of California Stadium on August 24 in Los Angeles
The ban will go into effect on September 2, when Mexico’s national team will play against Jamaica at the start of the World Cup qualifiers in the region. The match will take place at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
The Mexican football league has filed a petition with FIFA to reconsider the original sanctions because the penalty would affect Mexico’s national team, even though the chants took place in a game played by the Sub23 team.
Football officials have tried to stop anti-gay chants at Mexican national team games.
“You are not meant to yell or chant with. It’s how the other [people] received,” Mexican federation president Yon de Luisa told reporters earlier this year. ‘If someone thinks it is a discriminatory act, we should not include it in a conversation. That is no longer a discussion. If it’s discriminatory, we should avoid it.’
MLS All-Star players celebrate after FC Dallas forward Ricardo Pepi (24) scored the winning goal in a penalty shoot-out against the Liga MX All-Stars during the MLS All-Star football game