FIFA is investigating claims that Mexican fans chanted anti-gay slurs during their country's matches against Cameroon and Brazil.
During an opposing team's goal kick by the goalkeeper, Mexican supporters are heard chanting "puto," which is slang for "fag," "man-whore," or "coward," Outsports.com reported.
FIFA said it "takes a firm, zero-tolerance stance against any form of discrimination and racism," and has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mexico for the improper conduct of its spectators.
"It seems that some fans of some countries will take their hatred halfway around the world," Piara Powar, a member of FIFA's anti-racism task force told The Telegraph. "The levels of homophobic abuse at some matches is also totally unacceptable," he said.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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