'Rent Boy' chant to be considered breach of rules, says FA

by Reuters
Thursday, 12 January 2023 11:47 GMT

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United v Everton - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 6, 2023 Everton manager Frank Lampard reacts REUTERS/Carl Recine

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The Football Association will investigate homophobic chanting at a Manchester United vs. Everton game

Jan 11 (Reuters) - The "Rent Boy" chant will be considered a breach of the Football Association's rules, it said on Wednesday in a statement condemning all offensive, abusive and discriminatory chanting in football stadiums.

The FA said those chants can have a "lasting and damaging impact" on people and communities within the game and must be stopped.

"This important step follows the recent successful prosecution of an individual by the Crown Prosecution Service for homophobic abuse, specifically relating to the term 'Rent Boy'," the FA said.

"The FA has now informed all clubs that it considers the 'Rent Boy' chant to be a breach of the FA Rules.

"These rules apply to the conduct of supporters at both home and away fixtures, and clubs at all levels of English football have a responsibility to ensure their spectators behave appropriately when attending matches."

The statement came days after the FA said it would open an investigation after supporters were heard using homophobic language towards Everton manager Frank Lampard during his team's 3-1 FA Cup loss at Manchester United.

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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