RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Superior Sports Court (STJD) ruled on Monday, August 19th, that homophobic manifestations in stadiums, such as screaming "bicha" (fag) during a goal kick, are punishable and may cost teams three points on the league standings.

The communication sent to clubs have STJD's recommendations, but the content has a tone of warning. Referees and assistants were also mentioned and encouraged to act in cases where they see prejudice.

"That from this date [19th] match officials, aides and police will report incidents on the scoresheet and/or official match documents, any occurrence of prejudiced manifestations and . . .

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