Cases of racism, LGBTQIA+phobia or discrimination against women practiced in football stadiums, gymnasiums and other places in Pernambuco where sports events are held can be punished with fines from R$500 to R$20,000.
Law No. 17.522/2021, widely known as “Lei Gil do Vigor”, came into force in December 2021 and was regulated by decree on Thursday (8).
Published this Friday (9) in the Official Gazette of the state, the rule was drawn up following the case of former BBB Gilberto Nascimento, Gil do Vigor, who received a homophobic attack from the director of Sport Club do Recife.
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The decree establishes the investigation of acts of racism, LGBTQI+phobia and discrimination against women and the punishment of “natural or legal persons” who practice any of these acts.
In case of involvement of a fan or an identified member of the public, the fine is from 500 rials to 1 thousand rials.
If the offender is the club or sports association, administrators of football stadiums or gymnasiums or persons responsible for the promotion of the event, the prescribed penalty ranges from R$5,000 to R$20,000.
It is also prohibited to “carry or display banners, flags, symbols or other signs with messages of a tribal nature, chant insulting or abusive chants against women,” the document said.
According to the decree signed by Governor Paulo Camara (PSB), clubs and sports area administrators can also be held responsible for violations committed by their fans if they do not report the violations to the competent authorities.
Cases must be registered at the Civil Police Office via the Internet and at the Department of Justice and Human Rights.
In Brazil, crimes of racism and homophobia are considered unpredictable and non-bailable.
Former BBB Gil speaks out about homophobic attack by Sport adviser. “I feel sorry for him”
In May of last year, former BBB and economics PhD student Gilberto Nogueira was the target of a homophobic attack by a consultant at Sport Club do Recife.see the video above)
In November 2021, Náutico’s Serie B match against Sampaio Correa was interrupted due to homophobic chants from a section of the red-white crowd. THE:
A few days later, Náutico’s former director accused the club’s financial manager of sexual and moral harassment.