Arsenal have confirmed that two supporters were ejected from the stadium last weekend after they were reported for homophobic abuse.
In a statement that reaffirms the club’s commitment to ensuring the Emirates Stadium is a ‘safe and welcoming environment for everyone’, they remind fans that homophobic abuse is a hate crime that is punishable by the law and that anybody found guilty of discriminatory behaviour will face the ‘strongest action possible’.
In the Gay Gooners, Arsenal has the largest LGBT+ football club supporters’ group in England and the club and players have been working hard in recent seasons to spread the ‘Arsenal for Everyone’ message.
At recent matches, a video has been broadcast before and during half time of matches featuring members of the group discussing their relationship with the club and the abuse they continue to confront both in the stadium and at pubs on matchdays.
While it is positive that the latest incident was reported and decisive action was taken, it’s clear there is still much work to be done across several fronts.
Last month, a Sikh season ticket holder was disgustingly racially abused and physically attacked during half time of the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.
The club called on any witnesses to the incident, which took place in the Block 101 toilets, to contact them. The police have also become involved.