FIFA issues sanctions to five countries for homophobic chants
FIFA has imposed sanctions on five South and Central American countries for homophobic chants used by fans, the organization announced Wednesday.
In the statement, FIFA says the sanctions fell upon the football associations after their fans used "insulting and discriminatory" chants during 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay have each been fined just under $20,000 for individual incidents, while Chile has been fined $70,000 for four incidents. A disciplinary case was also opened up against Honduras, although a fine was not issued.
FIFA has dealt with a number of issues involving discrimination, including homophobia and racism, in soccer through the years. The organization currently has campaigns aimed at remedying both of those persistent issues.