CONCACAF is extremely disappointed by the offensive and discriminatory language chanted by a large number of attending Cruz Azul fans during the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal on Thursday, September 16 night. CONCACAF commend the referees for correctly activating the anti-discrimination protocol and the stadium security for ejecting hundreds of Cruz Azul fans when the match was paused.
The Confederation has for several months proactively communicated to fans, through its What’s Wrong Is Wrong campaign, that these types of behaviours have no place in football. The Mexican Football Federation and Liga MX have also made this clear through their extensive campaigns. We are all committed to eradicating the discriminatory ‘goalkeeper’ chant.
As the host club’s fans evidently engaged in discriminatory language, this matter is being referred to the CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee who will investigate. A further update will be provided following the conclusion of this process.
CONCACAF will continue to work with committed stakeholders to promote its competitions as welcoming to all fans and communities.