Arsenal are investigating homophobic abuse from two supporters after they were ejected from the Emirates during the club’s defeat to Brighton as the Gunners vow to take ‘the strongest action possible’
- Arsenal are looking into homophobic chanting during their 2-1 loss to Brighton
- Two supporters were ejected from the Emirates after the abuse was reported
- The Gunners said discriminatory behaviour was not welcome at the club
- It promised to take strong action against any culprits found to be involved
Arsenal have promised to take the ‘strongest action possible’ after confirming two supporters were ejected from the Emirates Stadium for homophobic abuse during Saturday’s Premier League defeat to Brighton.
The fans were taken out of the ground after abuse was reported to stewards, with investigations under way to identify any further culprits.
‘We have been made aware of incidents of homophobic abuse at our home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday,’ an Arsenal statement read.
‘Arsenal should be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we want to be clear that any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome at our club.
Arsenal are investigating homophobic abuse from supporters during their loss to Brighton
Two fans were ejected from the Emirates Stadium after abuse was reported to stewards and Arsenal have promised to take strong action
‘We can confirm that two supporters were ejected from the stadium, and we stepped up stewarding operations in areas where abuse was reported.
‘The incidents that were reported are now being investigated by the club, and we will take the strongest action possible against perpetrators who can 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 lost the game 2-1 against the Seagulls in a huge blow to their top four chances
‘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.’
Gay Gooners, an official Arsenal supporters club and LGBT+ group, welcomed the stance, tweeting: ‘Thanks to @arsenal for making this statement and to @OfficialBHAFC and all their fans who reported homophobic abuse. If you ever witness homophobic abuse at games please let us know.’
Arsenal lost 2-1 as Brighton ended their seven-match winless run and dented the Gunners’ hopes of a top-four finish.