MLS, LAFC condemn fans for chanting anti-gay slur at opposing goalie

MLS and the Los Angeles Football Club condemn fans for chanting anti-gay slur at opposing goalkeeper, saying, ‘it defies everything we stand for’

  • A fan club, known as the 3252 Independent Supporters, began chanting ‘puto’ at the Seattle Sounders goalkeeper at their first home game on Sunday
  • LAFC owner Tom Penn and 3252 Independent Supporters Union president Josef Zacher issued a joint statement, saying that anyone who is caught repeating the offensive chant will be ejected and have their membership revoked
  • 3252 condemned the chant on Twitter, as did another club, the District 9 Ultras

Major League Soccer and the expansion Los Angeles Football Club have condemned a portion of the team’s fans who chanted an anti-gay slur at Sunday’s inaugural home game against the Seattle Sounders.

MLS commissioner Don Garber told The Los Angeles Times, ‘we are not just concerned about it. It defies everything we stand for.’

Garber was in attendance at Banc of California Stadium, when a portion of the team’s fan club, known as the 3252 Independent Supporters, began chanting a Spanish term ‘puto’ whenever Seattle’s goaltender Stefan Frei lined up a free kick.

The 3252 got its name for the seating capacity in that section of Banc of California Stadium


Both LAFC owner Tom Penn (left) and MLS commissioner Don Garber (right) condemned the chant. Garber said, ‘we are not just concerned about it. It defies everything we stand for’

Seattle Sounders goaltender Stefan Frei was the target of fans in Los Angeles on Sunday

LAFC owner Tom Penn, a former NBA executive who has worked for ESPN, as well as 3252 Independent Supporters Union president Josef Zacher issued a joint statement, saying that anyone who is caught repeating the offensive chant will be ejected and have their membership revoked.

‘The offensive goal kick chant is wrong and not what we are about,’ read the joint statement. ‘We ask that all of our fans and Supporters work to hold each other accountable to eliminate this from Banc of California Stadium.

Although it can have different meanings, ‘puto’ is roughly the Spanish equivalent of ‘f*****.’

Jim Buzinski, co-founder of the LGBT athletic magazine Outsports, addressed the issue Tuesday.

‘This is a bad look for LAFC, which plays in a city where LGBT people are part of the social fabric and fanbase,’ he wrote. ‘There has to be a zero tolerance and members of the 3252 section and fans everywhere in the stadium need to police their ranks, identify any offenders and have them ejected and not allowed back. This nonsense has got to stop.’

The 3252 got its name because that’s the seating capacity for that particular section of Banc of California Stadium.

The fan club condemned the chant several times on Twitter, as did another group of supporters, the District 9 Ultras.

Two of the team’s support groups publicly condemned the chant on Twitter 

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