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News: UK

Tue 1 Nov, 2011
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There's a certain amount of banter between fans, but when it crosses that line and becomes offensive it's not acceptable

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Fans of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club have called for more action to address homophobic chanting in football grounds.
Some supporters have said that the FA was not doing enough to stop the abuse, which is aimed at Albion fans because of the city's large gay community.

Homophobic and racist chants are outlawed by ground regulations. In recent years the 'Let's Kick Racism Out of Football' campaign has been a great success.



John Hewitt, chairman of the Albion's supporters club, said the problem of homophobic chants and taunts is especially bad at away games.

"We get it everywhere we go," he said
"The ground regulations say you cannot use homophobic behaviour.
"There's a certain amount of banter between fans, but when it crosses that line and becomes offensive it's not acceptable.
"The FA is is not doing enough."
"It isn't about trying to clamp down on things in a forceful way, which is quite difficult to do," said Raj Chandarana, from the Football Supporters' Federation, "It’s about education - making people aware that homophobic chants are unacceptable."

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