Mexican fans chanted “puta” during Mexico’s win 1-0 over Cameroon on June 13 at the World Cup.
The word "puta" is a Spanish word that refers to a male prostitute, coward or f-- (a derogatory term for gay men).
According to CBS Sports, the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), which governs the World Cup, is investigating the incident (video below).
FIFA said in a statement: “We encourage individuals and groups such as FARE to submit any evidence in their possession with regard to discriminatory behavior for the analysis and consideration of the FIFA disciplinary committee.”
However, Mexico's soccer coach Miguel Herrera recently played down the well-known anti-gay chant, which fans scream during goal kicks.
Herrera told the Associated Press that the slur is “not that bad.”
"We’re with our fans," added Herrera. "It’s something they do to pressure the opposing goalkeeper.”
The anti-gay slur reportedly became popular during a soccer game (qualifying match) between Mexico and the U.S. for the 2004 Olympics. The Mexican fans also chanted, "Osama! Osama!" during that game, which was an apparent reference to the late 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
Univision, a Spanish-language broadcaster, censors the audio during goal kicks whenever Mexico plays.
FIFA is also investigating homophobic slurs made by Brazilian fans and anti-Semitic banners allegedly waved by Croatian and Russian fans.