FIFA on Friday handed out fines to the soccer associations of Chile, Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Paraguay and Peru for homophobic chants by supporters during qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.
Chile were banned from playing at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago for two official matches and fined 30,000 Swiss francs (US$30,000).
The first match ban is to be served at the next World Cup qualifier against Bolivia, which is scheduled to be played on Sept. 6, with the second match ban suspended subject to a two-year probation period.
“The proceedings relate to homophobic chants by the team’s fans and follow previous sanctions for similar incidents during the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” FIFA said in a statement.
Mexico were fined SF35,000 for two cases, while Honduras were fined SF40,000, El Salvador SF35,000, Paraguay SF20,000 and Peru SF15,000 for individual cases related to incidents involving discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants.
Croatia were also ordered to play their next two World Cup qualifiers — the first against Turkey on Sept. 5 and the second against Iceland on Nov. 12 — without spectators and fined SF150,000 for two cases of discriminatory chants by fans, which occurred at friendly matches against Israel and Hungary last March.
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