Brighton have confirmed two Wolves supporters were ejected from the Amex Stadium and arrested for homophobic abuse during Sunday’s match. The incident, which occurred during the 2-2 draw, took place on the same weekend that marked Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.
“It’s both sad and depressing that once again we find ourselves having to address another situation of discriminatory abuse,” said Brighton’s chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber.
“Prior to kick-off, we had a huge show of support for the Rainbow Laces campaign brilliantly backed by the vast majority of people inside the stadium — and yet before the game is over, we are forced to deal with these two individuals, who think it’s okay to behave in this way.
“Working with Sussex Police, I’m pleased to report that once again our staff were able to take swift action, which hopefully will increase the chances of a conviction. We simply won’t stand for it at the Amex.
“Once again, it’s very hard to comprehend why some individuals think it’s acceptable to behave in this way, but we are very clear that neither Brighton & Hove Albion, nor the wider football community, will tolerate homophobia or discrimination at any time, in any form.
“We would urge any fans confronted with similar discriminatory behaviour to report it immediately, either directly to a steward or via our anonymous hotline on 07880 196 442, and we will take strong action.”
Everton confirmed on Sunday that they are investigating reports of homophobic chanting during Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea.