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World Cup 2014: Do offensive slurs and chants hint at a larger problem in soccer?

Croatia v Mexico: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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Mexico fans hold up a cutout of head coach Miguel Herrera during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Croatia and Mexico at Arena Pernambuco on June 23, 2014 in Recife, Brazil.

Recent incidents at the World Cup of anti-gay chants and racist behavior from fans caused many to call on FIFA to investigate. Monday, FIFA cleared Mexico, one of the countries with fans at the center of the probe, of wrongdoing.

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But soccer has a long history of controversial behavior from fans and supporters. What is FIFA’s responsibility to address the issue? And how has this played out in different countries? 

"You've got several things going on in football: you've got what goes on on the pitch and what goes on around it," reporter Alex Bellos tells Take Two. "It kind of reflects society."

Bellos, author of the book, "Football: The Brazilian Way of Life," spoke to Take Two from Rio de Janeiro.

FIFA responded to a request for comment on the incident by saying that the organization "abhors any insulting or discriminatory behaviour displayed by any person within the game of football."

It continued in a statement:

FIFA’s zero-tolerance stance against any form of discrimination is enshrined in the FIFA Statutes in article 3, which stipulates that: “Discrimination of any kind against a Country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, language, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.” 

 

 


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