Brazilian Club Criticizes its Own Fans for Anti-Gay Chant

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(AP) A Brazilian soccer club has criticized its own fans for an anti-gay chant.

Hundreds of Atletico Mineiro fans were filmed targeting supporters of rival club Cruzeiro on Sunday during a goalless draw in Belo Horizonte. The chant said Cruzeiro fans needed to be careful because far-right Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro will kill gay people if elected in October.

Atletico Mineiro says it “deeply regrets the homophobic statements by some fans,” adding that its fan base “is made of people of all social classes, race and gender, so no discrimination is acceptable.”

Bolsonaro, a far-right presidential candidate, has been leading the polls with a polarizing campaign. He is currently in the hospital after being stabbed on Sept. 6.


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