Fan arrested over anti-gay taunts25 August 2005

A football fan has been arrested for shouting homophobic chants during a game in the English Championship League between Hull City and Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The unnamed man was arrested for chanting abuse at Brighton during the game last weekend, according to the Hull Daily Mail. Police say they arrested just one man for the incident, although they admitted it was “Significant”.

Brighton’s football team is regularly taunted by homophobic chants, because of the city’s well known reputation as the unofficial gay capital. Fans and players are often subjected to abuse when visiting other grounds. In this case, the chanting was limited to just one fan, perhaps because of a higher profile of Hull City AFC chants.

According to press reports, Hull fans last week taunted London team Queen’s Park Rangers about last month’s bomb attacks in the capital.

The Football Association is currently working on stamping out homophobia in football, targeting chants and anti-gay attitudes at stands across the country similar to the way it tackled racism in the 1980s. It has also launched a range of initiatives, including the production of plays looking at the issue of homophobia and working closely with gay teams, including Stonewall FC.

Source: UK