Arrests made over homophobic chants at Leicester City v Brighton match

 

Two Leicester City fans have reportedly been arrested following an incident on Saturday 19 March when homophobic chants were directed at the away Brighton & Hove fans at a match with Leicester which the home team won 2-0.

Other Leicester fans were also ejected from the match.

“In the last 20 or so minutes the chanting started towards the Brighton fans and then after that it got a bit more nasty with a few isolated shouts, which were a bit more malicious,” one Leicester fan told the BBC.

A Brighton supporter told the Leicester Mercury: “A group of around 20 to 30 Leicester City fans close to Brighton supporters suddenly started chanting vicious homophobic abuse and making homophobic gestures.

“It was like something out of the 1970s, and this sort of bigoted, small minded behaviour needs to be stopped and those involved ejected from the ground.”

A Leicester City spokesman said: “While disappointed that such abuse took place during Saturday’s match, we are satisfied that our stewards reacted swiftly and appropriately, which led to the responsible minority being ejected from the stadium and reported to the police.”