Everton investigate 'homophobic' chants at Chelsea fans

by Reuters
Sunday, 8 December 2019 21:35 GMT

Soccer Football - Premier League - Everton v Chelsea - Goodison Park, Liverpool, Britain - December 7, 2019 Everton's Richarlison scores their first goal REUTERS/Andrew Yates

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A homophobic chant was reportedly aimed at Chelsea's fans during Saturday's match

LONDON (Reuters) - Everton are working with anti-discrimination group Kick It Out to investigate reports of homophobic chanting by fans during their 3-1 win over Chelsea at Goodison Park, the Premier League club said on Sunday.

Everton said the club and Kick It Out had received reports of a homophobic chant being aimed at Chelsea’s fans by a small section of the home crowd during Saturday’s match.

“Homophobia has no place within our stadium, our club, our community or our game. The club strongly condemns such behaviour and is carrying out a thorough investigation which will include liaison with Merseyside Police,” Everton said in a statement.

Saturday’s victory, under caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson, moved Everton up to 14th place with 17 points.

Reporting by Toby Davis; Editing by Clare Fallon

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