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Pressure Mounts for CBS to Mute Gay Slurs During Sunday's Football Game

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The game will take place in Mexico, where soccer fans regularly chant "puto" at opposing teams.

Nothing like throwing around the ole' pigskin and homoerotically tackling each other to get your blood rising, right girls? Controversy is rising ahead of Sunday's big football game between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders. The game will be played in Mexico where Raiders fans have made a habit of chanting gay slurs during scrimmage kick and free kick attempts and, ahead of the game, all eyes are on CBS Sports as pressure mounts for them to censor these chants.

Last year, when this same chant happened during a game, ESPN broadcast in full audio the chants of the gay slur "puto" that echoed from the stands. In response, Outsports critiqued the network for taking no action to mute them, which led to ESPN responding with the standard "no comment." It's unclear if CBS will take the same route, but GLAAD has reportedly been in contact with the network over the chant.

The behavior and chant are a recurring headache for the country. Previously, FIFA was forced to fine Mexico for every World Cup qualifier match the country hosted due to the chant and the Federation of Mexican Soccer has begged its fans to cease the behavior.

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