London - Leicester
City have condemned the homophobic chanting that took place during
Saturday's 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion after fans were
ejected from the King Power Stadium.
Supporters from both Leicester and Brighton, where there is a large
gay community, took to social media after the match to express concern
about the abuse.
Leicester Police said two Leicester fans had been arrested for homophobic chants.
"We are committed to creating a passionate, inclusive, welcoming
environment at King Power Stadium, in which everyone is free to enjoy
the match-day experience," a Leicester spokesman said in a statement on
"As part of our ongoing efforts to educate our staff, senior King
Power Stadium stewards undertook specialist training during the summer
in effectively identifying offensive behaviour, including contributions
from Leicester's LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Centre on
recognising homophobic abuse.
"While disappointed that such abuse took place during Saturday's
match, we are satisfied that our stewards reacted swiftly and
appropriately, which led to the responsible minority being ejected from
the stadium and reported to the police."
An unnamed Brighton fan told local newspaper the Leicester Mercury:
"We've encountered abuse over the years, but it's all but gone from the
"However, a group of around 20 to 30 Leicester City fans close to
Brighton supporters suddenly started chanting vicious homophobic abuse
and making homophobic gestures. It was like something out of the 1970s."