Brighton and Hove Albion in FA plea over homophobic chants

Brighton and Hove Albion fans Brighton and Hove Albion fans complain of homophobic abuse at away games

Related Stories

Fans of Brighton and Hove Albion have called for more action to address homophobic chanting in football grounds.

Some supporters said the FA was doing little to stop abuse, which is aimed at Albion fans because of the city's connections to the gay community.

Homophobic and racist chants are outlawed by ground regulations.

Funke Awoderu, the FA's equality manager, said everyone needed to take responsibility for stopping abuse.

John Hewitt, chairman of the Albion's supporters club, said the problem is especially bad at away games.

"We get it everywhere we go," he said.

"The ground regulations say you cannot use homophobic behaviour.

"There's a certain amount of banter between fans, but when it crosses that line and becomes offensive it's not acceptable.

"The FA is is not doing enough."

'Unacceptable chants'

Raj Chandarana, from the Football Supporters Federation, said: "It isn't about trying to clamp down on things in a forceful way, which is quite difficult to do.

"It's about education - making people aware that homophobic chants are unacceptable."

Ms Awoderu said it was explicit in the regulations that homophobic abuse is a punishable offence.

"Match day stewards and all the security and intelligence that's available to clubs, is such, that people also have a responsibility," she said.

"It can't always be the FA that needs to have these sanctions, we all need to have the responsibility."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Sussex

Weather

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Features

  • Hodei: The man who vanished

    Tens of thousands of people go missing in Europe every year. Some for days, some for months, some for years. Some vanish entirely. This is the story of one of them.

  • US state executing killers faster than any other

    A Missouri attorney has had eight death row clients executed in the past 18 months. Other defence lawyers say this caseload illustrates a systemic problem with the state's rapid execution rate.

  • Should flamethrowers be sold in the US?

    A firm marketing flamethrowers as a "cool tool" has provoked a town to try to ban the fire-spewing machines

  • Crime clan continues to intrigue Argentina

    Irene Caselli reports from Buenos Aires on why the case of the Puccio family, who abducted four people for ransom and killed three of them, continues to intrigue Argentines 30 years after they were convicted.

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.