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FIFA urged to show leadership on discrimination after alleged gay slurs at World Cup match

Monday, June 23, 2014
Mexican supporters shout in the rain before the start of the group A World Cup soccer match between Mexico and Cameroon in the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- A monitoring group has challenged FIFA to show leadership in tackling discrimination after the sport's world governing body dropped an investigation of Mexico fans chanting an alleged gay slur. FIFA's disciplinary panel ruled Monday that the chant heard during Mexico vs. Cameroon on June 13 "is [...]

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FIFA drops investigation over alleged gay slur at World Cup match

Monday, June 23, 2014
FIFA
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) will take no action against the Mexican football federation over fans chanting an alleged gay slur at World Cup matches. FIFA says its disciplinary panel decided the chant "is not considered insulting in this specific context," and that it [...]

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Mexico coach defends alleged gay slur chanted by World Cup fans

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Miguel Herrera
SANTOS, Brazil -- Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has defended World Cup fans chanting an alleged gay slur which is under investigation by the sport’s international governing body. Mexico fans shouting the slur as the rival team’s goalkeeper takes a goal kick is “not that bad,” Herrera said Friday. [...]

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FIFA investigates Mexico for anti-gay slurs during World Cup match

Thursday, June 19, 2014
Mexican fans celebrate after their team's 1-0 victory over Cameroon during the group A World Cup soccer match between Mexico and Cameroon in the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Friday, June 13, 2014.
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) is investigating claims that Mexico fans chanted anti-gay slurs during its opening match against Cameroon at the World Cup. FIFA says "disciplinary proceedings were opened against Mexico for improper conduct of spectators" last Friday in Natal. [...]

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Activists use World Cup spotlight to call attention to anti-LGBT violence

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
A protest led by the gay rights organization Grupo Dignidade attracted about 400 people, many brandishing signs reading "Show homophobia the red card," and "In this World Cup, homophobia is out of bounds."
RIO DE JANEIRO — Gay rights activists in Brazil are using the spotlight of the World Cup to draw attention to the harsh penalties gay people face in many of the countries represented at soccer's premier event. A protest led by the gay rights organization Grupo Dignidade attracted about 400 [...]

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UN official: Gay soccer players at the World Cup should declare sexuality

Monday, June 16, 2014
APSouth African Navanethem 'Navi' Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Gay soccer players at the World Cup in Brazil should declare their sexual orientation to help make gays and lesbians accepted around the world, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay said on Monday. [...]

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Former World Cup player from Germany Thomas Hitzlsperger comes out as gay

Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Joerg SarbachThomas Hitzlsperger
BERLIN — A former World Cup player from Germany became the biggest name in soccer to come out as gay, saying he wants to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. [...]

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FIFA president awaits Russian answer on anti-gay law

Sunday, August 25, 2013
FIFA
ULRICHEN, Switzerland -- International Federation of Association Football President Sepp Blatter expects a reply within days from Russia, the 2018 World Cup host, clarifying its law prohibiting gay "propaganda." [...]

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Soccer association seeks clarification on Russia’s anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
FIFA
GENEVA, Switzerland -- The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has asked authorities in 2018 World Cup host Russia for "clarification and more details" about a new anti-gay law, joining the International Olympic Committee in seeking answers from Moscow. [...]

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