Mexican fans will not be able to enter the games for 5 years if they shout their homophobic insult

After a couple of rehearsals, Mexico will debut on Thursday in the classic against the United States a digital identification system or ‘Fan ID’ with which it hopes to put an end to the homophobic chants of its fans that have cost it almost twenty sanctions from part of FIFA.

FIFA’s latest punishment — the 17th in history — included playing the World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Panama behind closed doors, but Mexico appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which invalidated the sanction. while making a decision.

Local leaders took the opportunity to experiment with the new program with some 2,000 people, including family members and workers of the Mexican Federation.

Now, to attend the game between Mexico and the United States and then against El Salvador on Wednesday of next week, fans must register with the federation to be able to buy their ticket. Upon arrival at the stadium, the ticket must match the official identification of the fan in order to enter.

The leaders announced that the fan who is caught making the cry will be expelled from the Azteca stadium and will also be banned for five years from the matches of the Mexican team.

To try to have a little more control, the seating capacity was limited to 50,000 people. All tickets are already sold out.

El Azteca, which at one point received up to 110,000 spectators, reduced its capacity in 2016 to just over 83,000.

Despite the warnings of the leaders, on social networks such as Twitter, some fans have promoted the continuation of the homophobic practice during the match against the Americans, promoting it with a label.

“I have already seen some tweets about it, we have received threats and it is not the first or the last time. If someone wants to come and shout (the homophobic insult), they will be removed. Do you want to scream? Perfect, then let them forget about going to a stadium”, said the president of the Mexican Football Federation, Yon de Luisa to the station W Radio.

The cry emerged in 2003 in a pre-Olympic tournament held in Guadalajara, prior to the 2004 Athens Games, but it went viral at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and since then it has cost the Mexican Federation more than a dozen punishments despite the fact that campaigns have been launched asking people to stop saying it.