Brazil fined for homophobic chants at Copa America opener

Governing body FIFA has repeatedly fined the Brazilian soccer body for homophobic chants in local stadiums.

Carlos Lampe of Bolivia reacts during a group A match against Brazil.   -  GETTY IMAGES

South America’s soccer body has fined Brazil $15,000 because of homophobic chants during Copa America’s opening match in Sao Paulo.

CONMEBOL informed the Brazilian soccer confederation on Thursday that it was being fined over the chants during Brazil’s 3-0 win against Bolivia.

Governing body FIFA has repeatedly fined the Brazilian soccer body for homophobic chants in local stadiums.

More of those chants were also heard on Thursday during Brazil’s quarterfinal match against Paraguay at the Arena do Gremio in Porto Alegre.

Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe heard the slurs several times during the earlier match at the Morumbi Stadium.

Also, Uruguay was fined in $10,000 for delaying its return to the pitch after the halftime break in a 2-2 draw with Japan.