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“Cas get fined £40k yet Bradford are taken pity on because they didn’t hear it”- how social media reacted to the homophobic abuse investigation of Bradford Bulls

Yesterday, the news that Bradford Bulls had been punished for homophobic abuse aimed at referee James Child from a section of their support earlier in the season caused a bit of consternation amongst rugby league fans.

An RFL statement read: “The club have committed to spending a minimum of £3,000 to promote an Inclusivity and Diversity Celebration home fixture in 2022, in lieu of a fine, as a more progressive and positive intervention – with an additional £1,000 fine suspended until the end of the 2022 Championship season.”

But, just how did supporters react?

Even a Featherstone supporter fell down on the side of Castleford after the latter had been fined £40,000 for a similar incident back in 2010.

One Castleford supporter, in particular, compared the punishments.

A St Helens supporter felt the decision had no basis.

Another Featherstone supporter argued about the consequence on the LGBTQ+ community.

A neutral fan believed there was no punishment at all.

That sentiment was echoed by another supporter.

The no punishment line was also taken on by this supporter.

Another highlighted the impact on victim James Child.

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