The Football Association have contacted Leicester City after reports of anti-gay chants during their match against Brighton & Hove Albion on the weekend.
The incident occurred within the closing stages of Leicester’s 2-0 victory over the Seagulls, leading to fans being ejected from the game. Two men, aged 44 and 21, were reported to the police for obscene chants and gestures.
The 44-year-old man has been charged with indecent chanting under Section 3 of the Football Offences Act and will appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday. The 21-year-old, who was arrested on suspicion of making obscene gestures, was given a caution.
According to ESPN, the FA have now contacted Leicester about the incident and are considering whether to take action or not. The report says the FA have asked for observations and will take time to deliberate over their response.
Brighton has a strong LGBT community and the football club have been subject to homophobic chants several times in the past. Despite reporting it to the Football Association, action hasn’t been taken.
This sort of behaviour is simply unacceptable anywhere, never mind in football. It’s up to the FA to take strong action and not sit idly on the sidelines, as I believe they’re sometimes prone to doing.
Speaking about the incident, Paul Mortimer from anti-discrimination group Kick It Out said: “It’s about education more than anything, making people aware of the impact that this has on their own fans.
“Within football clubs there are LGBT communities and imagine what they will be feeling when a section of fans are saying this horrible language in their presence.”
If anyone witnesses this sort of behaviour at the Emirates Stadium, it should be reported to the nearest authority.