Concacaf statement regarding discriminatory chanting and MEX vs GUA

Concacaf statement regarding discriminatory chanting and MEX vs GUA

Concacaf is extremely disappointed at the discriminatory language chanted by some Mexico fans during their Gold Cup match against Trinidad and Tobago at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, July 10. The “goalkeeper chant” was heard despite a significant Concacaf antidiscrimination campaign delivered in recent weeks and extensive efforts by the FMF to make clear that it is unacceptable.

Discriminatory chanting was also heard during a Mexico friendly game at the same venue in May. The fans who engage in this behavior are letting down the many Mexico fans who want to positively support their team. They also hurt the great reputation of Dallas as a football city, particularly after recent Mexico friendly games took place in Atlanta, Nashville and Los Angeles without any discriminatory chanting.

Concacaf is aware of a misunderstanding regarding the upcoming Mexico v Guatemala match which we would like to clarify. Despite some reports to the contrary, this match will go ahead as scheduled with fans in attendance. Concacaf will continue to operate its What’s Wrong Is Wrong antidiscrimination campaign and, should it be necessary, will activate protocols which include ejecting fans if they engage in discriminatory behavior and suspending the match.

We urge fans to leave the discriminatory goalkeeper chant in the past and to focus on making football a positive and welcoming environment for all fans and communities.