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Mexico cop fan ban for homophobic chants

Mexico will have to play in an empty stadium for their next two home games in World Cup qualifying because of persistent anti-gay chants by fans.

The Mexican soccer federation was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($A145,667) by FIFA for charges of “discriminatory behaviour by supporters.”

It is the latest punishment in a long-standing campaign to stop fans from directing slurs at opposing players.

Mexico will host Costa Rica on January 30 and Panama on February 2 in an empty stadium, costing the federation millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The anti-gay chants were heard last month when Mexico hosted qualifiers against Canada and Honduras. The storied Azteca Stadium drew a combined attendance of more than 130,000 fans for those games.

The Azteca was empty when Mexico opened World Cup qualifying in September against Jamaica because of a previous FIFA punishment.

FIFA also sanctioned other teams on Monday.

Albania must play their last home qualifier on November 15 behind closed doors after fans threw plastic bottles at Poland players celebrating a goal last month, which led to a 20-minute interruption.

Poland won’t have away fans in their last game in Andorra on November 12, also for misbehaving in the game in Tirana.

Hungary have been fined 75,000 Swiss francs ($A109,250) and their fans barred from the World Cup qualifier in Poland on November 15 after “lighting of fireworks and lack of order in the stadium — improper conduct by spectators” during the recent qualifier at Wembley.

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