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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.

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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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