Two men have been taken in for questioning by police after allegedly chanting homophobic abuse at Brighton Fans during Saturday’s (November 19) game.
Offensive chants were reported despite police issuing a warning last week to Southampton fans warning them that any homophobic behaviour would be taken very seriously.
John Hewitt, chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion Supporters’ Club said: “We get it everywhere we go.
“There’s a certain amount of banter between fans, but when it crosses that line and becomes offensive it’s not acceptable.”
Albion fans believe that they are targeted due to the city’s large gay population.
A spokesman for the Justin Campaign, which tackles homophobia in football said: “Southampton fans were warned before the game by police that any homophobic chanting would be taken seriously.
“While there is still a lot of work for equality in the game, these arrests do show that the authorities are taking positive action to show homophobia is not welcome in the beautiful game.”
Two Brighton fans were also questioned by police after the game on suspicion of public order offences.