The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association join forces with the governing body of the region and organizer of the 2021 Gold Cup tournament, CONCACAF to condemn the outrageous racial and discriminating behaviour of the Mexican supporters in the match against T&T on July 10 at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
A release was published on their website stating, “CONCACAF is extremely disappointed at the discriminatory language chanted by some Mexico fans during their Gold Cup match against Trinidad and Tobago at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, July 10.” The release continued, “The “goalkeeper chant” was heard despite a significant CONCACAF antidiscrimination campaign delivered in recent weeks and extensive efforts by the FMF to make clear that it is unacceptable.”
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association also stated in a release, “Discrimination and racism have no part in our game and our society. These actions are rooted in division, so it is paramount that we unite to stamp them out. The Fight Back is Against Racism and Discrimination.”
After the historical 0-0 draw on Saturday against the highly-ranked Mexicans, the TTFA lodged an official report to CONCACAF and as of Monday they received heightened security for their upcoming matches as well as 24-hour protection.
The social media profiles of the T&T players and staff members were flooded with derogatory comments and even death threats over the last few days. It was so mind-boggling that CONCACAF posted on Twitter, “Some of the comments in response to this post are disgraceful. We stand with the TTFA in condemning them. Racism has no place in our game or in society and social media companies must do more to regulate this on their platforms.”
Under interim head coach Angus Eve, the Soca Warriors are undefeated at the Gold Cup as they secured a 6-1 victory against Montserrat; 1-1 draw against French Guiana to eventually win 8-7 in penalties and recently a thrilling goalless draw with Mexico.