Last night was the first time Monday Night Football was played outside of the U.S. since it first hit the airwaves in 1970 and while fans in Mexico City were certainly treated to an entertaining game, it was filled with controversy on and off the field.
On the gridiron, players had to deal with laser pointers in their faces as they tried to play as well as an officiating crew that presided over more than a couple of questionable calls.
Off of the field, the fans in attendance engaged in some questionable behavior by chanting "puto" throughout the evening, which is an commonly used gay slur. The chant was so loud, that it was audible on ESPN's broadcast of the game much of the night, including during the game's opening kickoff.
According to USA Today's For The Win, the chant has been "a consistent source of controversy for the Mexican soccer team and its supporters" as fans have chanted the slur at the opposing team's goalies during matches.
For The Win also stated that FIFA actually went as far as fining the Mexican football federation $30,600 "for the supporters' use of the chant."
ESPN and the NFL were reportedly aware of the issue, but no specific adjustments were made to keep the chant from being heard on the telecast.
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