West Ham to issue lifetime bans to fans guilty of homophobic abuse

West Ham have vowed that a lifetime ban will be handed to any supporter who is found guilty of homophobic abuse after arrests were made during Saturday’s Premier League draw with Brighton.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that three West Ham fans were arrested at the London Stadium on Saturday. Two of the fans were apprehended for homophobic abuse while one for common assault. Meanwhile, the three have been released under investigation.

It can be recalled that they launched an investigation in December into alleged homophobic chanting by some traveling West Ham fans at Chelsea. In a chat with Standard Sport, the West Ham spokesperson revealed:

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“West Ham United is disgusted to hear of alleged homophobic incidents at the game against Brighton & Hove Albion. The matter is now with the Police but anyone found guilty of acting in a discriminatory manner will be banned for life from London Stadium and from traveling with the Club.

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“The Club is unequivocal in its stance – we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. Equality and diversity is at the heart of the Football Club and we are committed to continuing ensuring that everyone who enters London Stadium is free to enjoy watching their team play football in an inclusive environment.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “Police made three arrests at the West Ham United v Brighton football match at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, 1 February as follows: Two male West Ham fans were arrested on suspicion of making homophobic gestures. One male [also a West Ham fan] arrested on suspicion of common assault.
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“They were taken to east London police stations where they were subsequently released under investigation. Inquiries continue.”

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