Minnesota United Takes Strong Stand Against Homophobic Chant
Minnesota United FC faces Liga MX side Club León in a friendly for the second time in as many years, and is using the opportunity to take a stand against the “puto” chant.
The two teams have a special relationship, with American international player Miguel Ibarra spending time at both clubs. But for some fans, last year’s match was marred by the use of “puto” on goal kicks by others in the stadium.
Partly as a response to the recent events in Orlando, Minnesota United decided to make now the time to take this issue on. And they did it incredibly well. The video features players and fans representing a variety of languages and ethnic groups. It’s fans in Club León gear speaking to their fellow fans calling for an end to discrimination against the LGBT community.
Team president Nick Rogers issued a statement that accompanied the video, stating, “Our club firmly and unequivocally rejects homophobia, racism, sexism, and hate speech as contradictory to our mission and values. Hatred has no place in our club and no place in our stadium. This is our home. Hate is not welcome here.”
Even the team’s future commissioner, Major League Soccer’s Don Garber, took note:
— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon) June 24, 2016
Minnesota United continues standing strong in their commitment to “United” including being united with the LGBT community and they’re going to be an amazing addition to Major League Soccer in seasons ahead.