LGBT charity Stonewall says that football stewards should be trained to spot homophobic chants.
In the week in which Britain’s first out gay footballer, Justin Fashanu, was posthumously inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame, reports of homophobic chanting at the Chelsea vs Manchester United game on Monday night show that there’s plenty of progress still to be made before the sport has fully embraced the LGBT community.
Speaking to the PA news agency, Stonewall UK’s director of Sport, Robbie de Santos, said: “We need to see more training specifically targeted at stewards - they need to feel more confident in knowing what LGBT discrimination looks like.”
He continued: “I’m keen to clarify this is not an endemic problem but that a minority of fans is going to spoil the experience for the majority if all of us don’t stand up and play our part.”
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