May 18, 2022

Arsenal protest against Homophobic abuse at Brighton fixture

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Arsenal has condemned the homophobic abuse by fans during their home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
The club said on its website www.arsenal.com that Arsenal should be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome.
“We have been made aware of incidents of homophobic abuse at our home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday,” Arsenal said.
“We can confirm that two supporters were ejected from the stadium, and we stepped up stewarding operations in areas where abuse was reported.”
The club said that incidents, which were reported are now being investigated by the club, and they will take the strongest action against perpetrators who will be identified.
“We’d also like to remind supporters that homophobic abuse is a hate crime and punishable by the law. Please think before you chant,” Arsenal said.
“We’d like to thank those who came forward to report the incidents on Saturday. We can only address this kind of abuse with the help of our fans as allies.”
The club said that discriminatory abuse in the stadium can be reported by texting ‘FOUL’ and the perpetrator’s block, row and seat number, and a brief description of the offence to 67777.
They said football has the power to unite people of all backgrounds, and we don’t want anyone to feel like it’s not for them.

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