World Cup officials say 'puto' not anti-gay slur if used in context
Chant has been used during Mexico's games when goalie for opposing team has the ball
Fans of Mexico’s World Cup team are free to chant the word ‘puto’ during games despite it being considered an anti-gay slur by some.
The chant is used to insinuate someone is weak or unmanly and can be heard when the opposing team’s goalie has the ball.
The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has been investigating the chant and said today they do not consider it to be an anti-gay slur if used in a specific context during the game, according to Outsports.
The FIFA decision comes despite Mexico’s own National Council to Prevent Discrimination determining that the word is a slur.
Commentators have criticized the slurs which reportedly started being used during the 2004 Olympics, when Mexico was playing against the US.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff have vowed to use the World Cup as a platform to fight racism and discrimination.