The match between Mexico and Canada was paused on 59 minutes due to "offensive chants" ©Getty Images

Mexico's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Canada at the Azteca Stadium was paused after 59 minutes amid reports of homophobic chanting.

A tweet from the Mexican national team account said the match was "briefly suspended" because of "offensive chants," with the game resuming on 61 minutes.

The Canadian team account reported that a warning was issued around the stadium.

The match had originally been due to be staged behind closed doors as FIFA ordered two Mexico home games be played without fans following homophobic chants at Olympic qualification matches in March against the Dominican Republic and the United States, but this was reduced to one game, which was served in September's win against Jamaica.

Play was also paused because of homophobic chants when Mexico played Canada at the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Houston in the United States in July.

The chants have persisted from Mexico fans for several years, despite the efforts of the Meixcan Football Federation (FMF) to stop them.

Other national federations including Argentina, Chile, Peru and Uruguay were fined by FIFA for homophobic chants during qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, while in July, UEFA gave Hungary a two-match ban on spectators due to "the discriminatory behaviour of its supporters," with accusations of homophobia and racism.

In September, FIFA also ordered Hungary's next home World Cup qualifier be played behind closed doors because of racial abuse aimed at England players from supporters.

The match saw Canada earn a historic 1-1 draw, scoring its first goal at the Azteca for 41 years as both countries stayed in the automatic spots in the third round of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) qualifiers for next year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Four matches have been played in the round-robin, with a further 10 to be played before it concludes at the end of March 2022.

The top three of the eight teams will advance to the World Cup, with the fourth-placed side advancing to an inter-continental playoff.

Insidethegames has approached the Mexican Football Federation and the CONCACAF for comment.