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Mexico federation president "salutes" Honduran fans upon team's arrival in Honduras

22 March 10:06 pm

Mexico federation president "salutes" Honduran fans upon team's arrival in Honduras

By Nicholas Rosano

Mexican soccer federation president Justino Compeán (above, with U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati) is up for one of the most coveted positions in the soccer world: a place on the FIFA Executive Committee.

Apparently, his candidacy didn't get in the way of his true feelings about Honduras' fans as they "welcomed" him and the Mexican delegation to Honduras for the two teams' World Cup qualifying clash on Friday, which ended 2-2. (Thanks to Dirty Tackle for the catch.)

Though his gesture towards Honduran fans looked an awful lot like one I might make to someone who has made an unsavory comment about a family member, Compeán claimed the gesture was the result of an injured finger and misinterpreted. After looking at the video above, though, that doesn't really seem to hold much water.

Will this have an effect on his candidacy? That remains to be seen. But it could open the doors to the Executive Committee for U.S. Soccer's own Sunil Gulati, who I somehow can't picture flipping off even the most ardent of fans on his trips to Central America.