Mexico football match ends in violence after homophobic chant grinds game to a halt

A football match in Michoacán, Mexico, erupted into violence after officials suspended the game over homophobic fan chants. At the Liga de Expansión MX quarter-finals game between Club Atlético Morelia and Tampico Madero Fútbol Club on Saturday (4 December), chants of “Eh, p**o!” ripped through the Morelos Stadium in the final minutes. The phrase, anti-gay slang for a male sex worker comparable to the f-slur, has long been a tradition for some Mexican football fans even as the Mexican Football Federation has sought to stamp it out. Per the governing body’s rulebook, the referee was forced to grind the match to a halt because the slur was shouted by fans in the stalls. Players were sent back to the locker rooms, Mexico News Daily reported. But as the players walked off, tensions flared in the stalls as some fans became violent and began lobbing objects onto the field. Organisers attempted to restart the match only for the crowds to become rowdy. The game was then suspended entirely.

via pinknews: Mexico football match ends in violence after homophobic chant grinds game to a halt