Police hail successful homophobic chant crackdown at Bolton Wanderers v Brighton

Police hail successful homophobic chant crackdown at Wanderers

Police hail successful homophobic chant crackdown at Wanderers

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POLICE have hailed efforts to crack down on homophobic chanting at today's game between Wanderers and Brighton as a success, with just one potential hate-related incident reported.

That incident is still under investigation and police are unable to confirm details at the moment.

Before the game, Bolton Wanderers and the police warned fans not to sing homophobic chants, explaining that anyone who did so would be arrested.

In April last year, the Brighton and Hove Supporters Club and the Gay Football Supporters’ network submitted a dossier detailing homophobic abuse that fans have received.

They reported hearing homophobic songs at both home and away games against Bolton on November 24, 2012 and March 9, 2013.

Police therefore believed that the Brighton fixture would be a suitable game to highlight the campaign and stewards and officers handed out cards to both sets of fans about reporting hate crime.

There was also an advert in the match-day programme, detailing the club’s support for police action against homophobic offences and PC Rob Smith, Bolton’s football co-ordination officer for Greater Manchester Police believes the methods worked.

He said: “It was a very well observed game and everyone behaved themselves, apart from the one potential incident that is still under investigation.

“The police and the club did everything possible to get the message out there that those type of chants would not be tolerated and we are very happy with the result.”

There was not such a good result for the Whites, who lost two nil to the seagulls on the day, but despite the loss, fans gave their backing to the campain.

Chris Samways, aged 17, from Chorley said: “I think it is the right thing to do because that sort of abuse is not right, it could be the only way to stop serious abuse.”

Simon Nightingale, aged 41, from Ainsworth added: “I agree, if they are doing homophobic abuse then lock them up — its a game of football at the end of the day and yes there is banter but when it comes to issues of race or sexuality, there is just no need for it.”

The measures were also welcomed by Brighton fan Angela Corr, aged 51, she said: “We get this kind of abuse wherever we go. My son is gay and I think there is a need for people giving out the abuse to realise it is wrong — perhaps arresting them is the only way of doing that.”

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8:51pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Beyond News Forum says...

The ref and assistant should have been arrested.

But well done to the fans.
The ref and assistant should have been arrested. But well done to the fans. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 4

9:48pm Sat 15 Mar 14

BoltonLancs says...

"Thought police have began a campaign to target townism saying townists will be arrested if they abuse people of other towns."...
"Thought police have began a campaign to target townism saying townists will be arrested if they abuse people of other towns."... BoltonLancs
  • Score: 10

11:32pm Sat 15 Mar 14

Reality50 says...

What a politically correct joke this country truly is. You can chant against a fat bald or ginger player but black or gay is banned. The selectiveness is crazy. Also what does homophobia mean? A phobia is a fear of something. Most people i know who dislike homosexuality have no fear of it. I hate cheese and onion pie,does it mean i have a phobia? Pathetic just like our PC country.
What a politically correct joke this country truly is. You can chant against a fat bald or ginger player but black or gay is banned. The selectiveness is crazy. Also what does homophobia mean? A phobia is a fear of something. Most people i know who dislike homosexuality have no fear of it. I hate cheese and onion pie,does it mean i have a phobia? Pathetic just like our PC country. Reality50
  • Score: 13

9:06am Sun 16 Mar 14

BBBBBBXX says...

The Brighton fans giving Bogdan abuse for being ginger is somehow different to anybody that calls them gay?

There isn't enough fans at the reebok these days for any chanting and the police officer that's "hailing success" needs to be re-educated on what his job role is - pathetic
The Brighton fans giving Bogdan abuse for being ginger is somehow different to anybody that calls them gay? There isn't enough fans at the reebok these days for any chanting and the police officer that's "hailing success" needs to be re-educated on what his job role is - pathetic BBBBBBXX
  • Score: 12

11:52am Sun 16 Mar 14

soup153 says...

Home fans only next, some want to get a life.
Home fans only next, some want to get a life. soup153
  • Score: 4

11:17am Mon 17 Mar 14

Menhed says...

Maybe, just maybe, it wasn't an issue anyway. But at least one arrest can justify the campaign a success.
Maybe, just maybe, it wasn't an issue anyway. But at least one arrest can justify the campaign a success. Menhed
  • Score: 4

5:06pm Mon 17 Mar 14

I, Ludicrous says...

No-one handed me any kind of a card on the way in. Were they just concentrated on a specific area of the ground?
No-one handed me any kind of a card on the way in. Were they just concentrated on a specific area of the ground? I, Ludicrous
  • Score: 2

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