Last Friday FIFA released an official statement announcing that the Mexico national team will play the home games against Jamaica on 2 September and Canada on 7 September behind closed doors in response to the homophobic chants from the fans in their recent friendly games.
The Mexican Football Federation was also fined with roughly $65,000.
The president of the Mexican Football Federation, Yon de Luisa, wants an end to the homophobic chants in the stadiums and according to him, playing behind closed doors is not the solution to fix this problem. De Luisa said that he will have a meeting with the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, to discuss the matter.
“I will have a very important meeting with Gianni Infantino this Friday. We never thought about playing the World Cup qualifiers at home without fans, because that is not the solution. We are working on an inclusion project that also empowers women and we are against discrimination,” said de Luis during a press conference on Monday morning.
“Right now we are preparing our exhibition games in Nashville and in Los Angeles and we hope the national team has a positive outcome prior to the start of the Gold Cup. The game in Atlanta was a good example of what we can achieve at a sold out stadium and the anti-gay chant was eradicated.”
Mexico will face Nigeria in an international friendly on July 4.