There are more than 75 comments on the Rivard Report’s story about some soccer fans’ continued use of an “anti-gay” chant at Toyota Field. Many find the chant discriminatory towards the LGBTQ community, others view it as a cultural tradition not meant to cause offense. This is not a uniquely San Antonian issue: it started in Mexico more than 10 years ago and was used locally during San Antonio Scorpion games long before San Antonio FC, the city’s first United Soccer League team, took over the field.
“MLS has zero tolerance for discrimination or prejudice of any kind and have been deeply committed to diversity and fairness on our fields, in our stadiums and in our workplace,” MLS officials have stated.
If San Antonio truly wants to become an MLS city, local fans will likely have to embrace that commitment.
(Read More: ‘Anti-Gay’ Chant Mars San Antonio FC Home Opener)
Image ©John Branch for the Rivard Report, 2016.