A Brighton and Hove Albion supporter was arrested for racially abusing Chelsea players during yesterday’s 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium, while an away fan was ejected and then arrested for homophobic abuse directed at home supporters.
Another Brighton fan was arrested for a separate homophobic incident.
The Seagulls confirmed the arrests this morning, with chief executive Paul Barber saying that he was “sick and tired of the game’s reputation being tarnished” and has called on the severest punishments possible for those found guilty of “disgusting” discriminatory behaviour.
“Yet again our safety and stewarding team, along with Sussex Police, have had to deal with three separate and unwanted instances of disgusting racist and homophobic abuse,” Barber said.
“If the prospect of a life ban from watching their clubs play football isn’t a strong enough deterrent, we have to ask the question as to whether the courts should be given the power to hand out more severe punishments?
“Football can only do so much, and we are sick and tired of the game’s reputation being tarnished by these people.
“I find it impossible to comprehend how and why some individuals think it’s acceptable to behave in this way, and yet again I will make it very clear that neither Brighton & Hove Albion nor the wider football community, will tolerate racism, homophobia, or any other form of discrimination at any time.
“We would urge any fans confronted with similar discriminatory behaviour at our stadium to report it immediately, either directly to a steward or via our anonymous hotline, and we will continue to take the strongest possible action against such bigoted individuals.
“These people are not welcome at the Amex or at any football matches.”
Chelsea’s win away to Spurs two weeks ago was also marred by an alleged racist incident towards Toni Rudiger, while a Blues fan was also arrested following a separate racist incident.
Earlier in the campaign Frank Lampard was criticial of social media companies after Tammy Abraham was targeted by racists following a missed penalty in the Super Cup game against Liverpool.