Brazilian journalists explain influence of Mexico fan chant on Brazil supporters

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FIFA recently penalized the Mexican FA for the fifth time in the past year for its fans’ homophobic chants on goal kicks. FIFA also recently fined the Brazil FA for the same types of anti-gay chants.

Here’s what’s fascinating about the Brazil chants: Brazilian journalists say that the anti-gay chants in their country didn’t start until World Cup 2014, when Brazilian fans were exposed to the same chants by Mexican fans who had traveled in large numbers to Brazil for the World Cup. This is one custom that is going viral in the worst way possible, and not just in Brazil and Mexico but in other countries as well.

The Mexican federation said it was going to appeal the latest fine from FIFA, arguing that "in the specific context the chant is not discriminatory."

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