Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton fans on homophobic chant charges

Two Southampton fans have been accused of homophobic chanting at St Mary's Stadium during Saturday's Championship game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

A Southampton man, 28, and a man from Romsey, 26, were charged under section 5 of the Public Order Act, relating to homophobic abuse.

A man, 38, from London, was charged under section 5 of the Public Order Act, relating to abusive behaviour.

All three were bailed to appear before Southampton magistrates on 2 December.

They all have bail conditions preventing them from attending any football matches.

A 27-year-old man from Hove in East Sussex received a caution after being arrested for throwing a bottle.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokeswoman said: "There were some small pockets of fighting amongst the rival fans as they left the ground after the game in Northam Road, but these were quickly dispersed by officers and no further arrests were necessary."

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