Brazilian volleyball club fined $30,000 for homophobic taunts at opposing player

The Brazilian volleyball team Sada Cruzeiro was fined $30,000 after 3,000 of its fans chanted "bicha" (faggot) at Michael, a gay player for Volei Futuro, during an April 2 playoff match.

The story became huge news in Brazil after the crowd's action, which led Michael to come out publicly. In the second game of the playoff, on Volei Futuro's home court, fans came decked out in pink in a raucous support for Michael.

Ace Asas from the website Volleywood told me that Volei Futuro lost the third and deciding game of the playoff this weekend, but that the Sada Cruzeiro fans were on their best behavior.

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