La Liga denounces anti-gay chants aimed at Ronaldo during El Classico clash
A group, which was present at the Camp Nou during the Saturday El Classico clash chanted anti-gay slogans aimed at the Real Madrid star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, which is heavily condemned by La Liga.
A group called The Observatorio Espanol contra la LGTBfobia (StopLGBTfobia) has asked the government to take actions against the group, who was chanting hateful comments against the LGTB community during the Saturday clash.
The chants were made during the one minute silence held before the kick off to honor the Barcelona’s legend Johan Cruyff, who died last month.
The hateful chants were not mentioned in the referee’s report; neither, Ronaldo, the captain of Real Madrid or his club uttered anything about those chants.
StopLGBTfobia director Francisco Ramirez said in a statement, “These lamentable and shameful actions are punishable under the Sport Law of 2007,”
“These are nothing new in Spanish stadiums, where for years players and referees have often been insulted using homophobic terms, without there being any public or exemplary punishment. This ends up continuing the presence of homophobia in Spanish football.”
Ramirez claimed that the Portuguese star has always been subjected to similar chants, “”For months, Ronaldo is the continuous object of insults and malintentioned rumours in the tabloid and sensationalist press, but also from sports reporters, players and fans of rival teams, with the goal of humiliating, offending and denigrating a great player,”
“It is evident that the use of sexual orientation as a weapon has the objective of insulting and degrading. In the past this happened with other players who were harassed and insulted in the same way, like [former Barca player and coach Pep] Guardiola and [ex-Madrid midfielders] Guti and Michel.
“Neither then nor now has there been action to end this stain on the sport. It is necessary to clarify that homophobia does not necessarily mean that the individuals who suffer it are homosexuals. Rather that other people believe they are, or use it to insult, harass and humiliate.”
Span’s Anti-Violence Commission in Sport was established in 2007 to deal with racism and tolerance issues in sports. During recent times, the commission has punished individuals for chanting such racist or hateful slogans.
StopLGBTfobia called anti-gay abuse as an actual problem in football. Ramirez said, “It is incomprehensible that there is a double standard when it comes to intolerance in sport,”
“Action is taken quickly in cases of racism or xenophobia, but the biggest intolerance at this moment in football is homophobia, and this is being ignored.”
“It is worrying that the word homophobia does not explicitly appear in the name of the anti-violence commission, as if it were shameful to name it and compare it to other forms of violence and intolerance, and is more comfortable for some people to camouflage it within the general name of intolerance.”