The World Cup is still in motion and a lot of crazy things are happening in Brazil. Here are five things that you may have missed during the World Cup this past week.
1. Mexican and Brazilian fans are being accused of chanting homophobic slurs
That’s right! Mexicans fans have been accused of chanting homophobic slurs geared towards their adversaries. In Mexico, when the opposing goalkeeper is about to kick the ball, it is trendy to chant the “F” word that stands for a gay man. Of course, this chant or word is said in Spanish which is culero, or often the word puto is used. Mexican fans have been using this trend of yelling out homophobic slurs in the World Cup, and it has not been embraced at all by FIFA.
Brazilian fans were also reported using homophobic slurs geared towards Mexican players during their match a few days ago. However, Mexican fans also used this slur during the Cameroon match. FIFA might take disciplinary action against both countries.
2. Brazilian fans have been faking handicaps in order to get into games
At some games, Brazilian handicap people have been seen standing up. These fanatics come into the stadium with a wheelchair pretending to be handicapped. Once inside, these supposedly handicapped fans have been cheering and jumping. Brazilian authorities will start cracking down on impostors and start giving out huge fines, especially since these charlatans are taking away space for the real handicaps.
3. Clint Dempsey played with a broken nose
The United States Men’s National Team’s captain Clint Dempsey played with a broken nose against Ghana. During the second half, Dempsey went up for a header and a Ghanaian player accidentally kicked him in the face, breaking Dempsey’s nose. The Ghanaian player should have received a yellow for dangerous play, but the referee did not flash anything. Dempsey killed the soccer player image of being a bunch cry babies. Soccer players are notoriously known for diving and acting as if they are experiencing the worst injury in the history of mankind. But Dempsey put that to the side, fixed his own nose on the spot and kept playing. American players are tough!
4. Costa Rica shocks the World Cup
Central American team Costa Rica shocked the World Cup by qualifying into the knock-out rounds. Not only that, but the Ticos did it by defeating two soccer giants, Italy and Uruguay. The Ticos still have one more game to go, against England. However, their ticket to the next phase has already been purchased. The big story here is that Costa Rica was a huge underdog in a group that contained three elite teams. The Ticos were already considered out of the World Cup before the tournament even started.
5. Japanese fans help clean stadium
During the match against Ivory Coast last Saturday, Japanese fans stayed after the game and helped pick up trash. These fans brought inflated blue trash bags to emphasize the color of their team in the stands. Japanese fans had blue bags waving all over the place to support their team. After the game, in which Japan lost 2-1, they started picking up trash with the blue bags they brought to the game. They have been highly praised for their good behavior by many newspapers around the world. Nice work Japan! Maybe other fanatics will look up to you guys and start acting the same.
J.L. Herrera is a huge fan of football and has been following the Raiders since the 1980s during the LA era. J.L. is also a freelance writer and copywriter on the web. He taught English for a little more than a decade in Los Angeles at the secondary level. While writing for web based news outlets, J.L. enjoys reading, creative writing, and watching sports. His work can be found on Examiner.com.