An Arsenal fan has been given a three-year banning order after being found guilty of homophobic abuse when Arsenal played Brighton at the Amex in October, 2021 while another two were ejected at the weekend for similar offences.
Arsenal supporter, Luke Reece, 21, was giving a three-year football banning order at Brighton magistrate’s court after being found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse when Arsenal played Brighton at the Amex in October.
A spokesman for Brighton said, “We have a zero-tolerance approach on all forms of anti-social behaviour, and this includes any form of abuse
“We worked closely with Sussex Police to identify and prosecute the individual concerned and we welcome the guilty verdict from the courts. The individual will also be subject to an indefinite ban from the Amex.”
The news comes as Arsenal had to release yet another statement about similar incidents at the Emirates when the two sides met again at the weekend.
A statement from Arsenal said, “We have been made aware of incidents of homophobic abuse at our home fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“Football has the power to unite people of all backgrounds, and we don’t want anyone to feel like it’s not for them.
“We are committed to using the power of our voice and reach to make it absolutely clear: Arsenal is for everyone.”