Brazil were hit hardest on Thursday by Fifa for homophobic chanting by its supporters during World Cup qualifying, with Argentina and Mexico also fined.
Nine football associations were punished in all by Fifa’s Disciplinary Committee “for incidents involving, among others, unsporting and discriminatory conduct by fans” during recent qualifying matches for Russia 2018.
Brazil were fined thirty-five thousand dollars, Argentina were also fined twenty thousand dollars while Mexico were fined ten thousand dollars for various misdemeanors, including homophobic abuse.
Albania were hit with the biggest fine, a one hundred thousand dollars punishment for incidents during the match away at Italy in March, which was held up for several minutes when flares were thrown onto the pitch. Italy were fined a lesser amount, as were Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland and Montenegro.