CONCACAF and CONMEBOL Statement Regarding Derogatory and Offensive Fan Behavior at Certain Copa America Centenario Matches
The Confederation of North Central America and the Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the Confederation of South American Football (CONMEBOL) take any chants or actions that are derogatory or offensive during our matches very seriously. This behavior does not reflect the true spirit of football and must be stopped.
As part of our efforts to demonstrate our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the confederations implemented the ‘Embrace Diversity’ campaign prior to the start of the Copa America Centenario, which integrated all 16 participant nations. In addition, we have also worked closely with the Local Organizing Committee to adopt the necessary security and customer service measures to ensure our fans are safe at our matches.
We are also working with other stakeholders and partners on short, mid and long-term initiatives through educational campaigns and other means, as we act together to eradicate these behaviors from our sport while keeping our fans safe at our events.
Making attending the matches more enjoyable and safe for all is a main priority for CONCACAF and CONMEBOL, and we will continue to use all efforts to make the in-game experience the best in the world for our fans.