Lausanne, 16 November 2017 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has partially upheld two
appeals filed by the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Associatión (FMF) against decisions rendered by
the FIFA Appeal Committee (FIFA AC) which confirmed earlier decisions issued by the FIFA
Disciplinary Committee (FIFA DC). The FIFA DC decisions imposed monetary fines of CHF 20,000
and CHF 15,000 on the FMF due the improper conduct of its supporters during matches played
between Mexico and El Salvador on 13 November 2015 and Canada and Mexico on 29 March 2016.
At both matches, the chant “eeeeeeh Puto !” (“Chant”) was heard several times among the Mexican
fans and was qualified as discriminatory by FIFA.

The CAS Panel in charge of this matter has reached the conclusion that the intention of the Mexican
fans when shouting the Chant was not to offend or discriminate any specific person. However, even if
those expressions and words were not used with the intention to discriminate or offend any specific
players to which they were addressed, they could still be considered discriminatory or insulting in
nature and should not be tolerated in football stadiums. Therefore, considering that the description of
the conduct prohibited under the FIFA Disciplinary Code (FDC) merely requires the use of “insulting
words”, irrespective of the intention of the offenders or whether the target of the words felt insulted or
not, the Panel has found that the Chant shouted by the Mexican supporters was to be considered as an
“improper conduct” of spectators under Art. 67 of the FDC, and thus that the FMF was liable for this
conduct.

In coming to its conclusion, the CAS Panel found that, at the time of the facts, several circumstances
and FIFA precedents made the FMF believe that the Chant did not infringe the FDC and that any
concerns that might have arisen with regard to the significance of the Chant had previously been
dispelled by the FIFA DC. Therefore, due to this wrong – but legitimate – understanding, the FMF did
not have the opportunity to take any action or measure that could have prevented, mitigated or stopped
the Chant, especially when the Chant did not, in the FMF’s eyes, create any particular risk in the
stadium.

Accordingly, the CAS Panel ruled that the appropriate sanction in each case was a warning, rather than
a monetary fine, and adjusted the FIFA decisions accordingly. However, such warning means that, in
the event similar infringements occur again in the future, harsher sanctions should be imposed on the
FMF in accordance with the FDC.

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