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FIFA doles out punishments for anti-gay chants, warns over paper planes

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Football authority FIFA has punished five countries for failing to stop homophobic chanting at World Cup qualifiers.

FIFA also warned English governing body the FA over fans use of paper planes at matches.

The move comes months after FIFA threatened to abandon matches if fans continue to chant homophobic slurs.

Racist and homophobic slurs are still rife in football at an international level.

Argentina, Peru and Mexico were among the governing bodies fined for homophobic chants at matches.

In recent years FIFA has attempted to tackle the issue with fines, with Argentina, Brazil and Mexico all facing fines for homophobic chants by fans at qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

However, the fines have been criticised for making little impact. Mexico has been fined no less than eight times over homophobic chanting with no real change.

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A FIFA World Cup match in Brazil (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

The size of the fine is also smaller than that handed out to the English football association after players flouted rules to wear Armistice Day poppies.

Ahead of the Confederations Cup in Russia in July, FIFA has boosted the severity of punishment for discriminatory behaviour.

Under the new procedure, referees will have the authority to pause the match, with a tannoy announcement warning fans against discriminatory language.

If it does not cease, the match can be suspended or even abandoned entirely.

FIFA will also put in place anti-discrimination observers at all matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.

It said: “The anti-discrimination observers, meanwhile, are a natural continuation of the monitoring system that FIFA has put in place to monitor FIFA World Cup qualifiers and selected friendlies.

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