Racism and discrimination is a worldwide issue. Many people have fought for equality among all, but even to this day this is a prevalent issue and it seems as if it will never end. During a time when the world should be coming together to watch the best of the best compete for the World Cup, fans are showing disrespect shouting racial slurs at the opposing teams and spreading their hate around the world.
Fans may think this is an amusing way to get into the opponents head or they may sincerely feel this way, but Fifa will not tolerate these type of behaviors from fans. The Fare network alerted Fifa about the racial and homophobic slurs that occurred during the match between Brazil and Mexico. Fifa has no tolerance for racism and homophobic slurs and plans to investigate and administer disciplinary actions against both Brazil and Mexico.
This is an issue that hasn’t begun with this year’s World Cup. Both Brazil’s and Mexico’s fans where were accused of racism during the European Championship in 2012. They were sanction a couple of times but that seems to not stop them from continuing with this awful behavior. Russia and Croatia are also facing disciplinary action for displaying neo nazi banners at their games. They are facing point deductions for their actions.
The rate at which racism and homophobic slurs are being used during these events are outrageous. Players should be focusing on the games and enjoying their time in the spotlight, but are instead bombarded with hatred and ignorance. Fifa’s president is ready to take a stand against these egregious actions displayed by the fans. They encourage individuals to report any and all displays of racism and homophobic slurs so Fifa can take the actions necessary to bring this type of behavior to an end.