Tottenham issue statement on homophobic chanting during Chelsea defeat

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Tottenham have said they are ‘extremely disappointed’ by homophobic chants from sections of the travelling support in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat at Chelsea. 

The derogatory chants could be heard at points during the second half of the encounter at Stamford Bridge. 

A statement on the club’s website read: “The Club is extremely disappointed by homophobic chanting from sections of our support at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

“We work closely with our LGBTQ+ fan group Proud Lilywhites to create a welcoming and inclusive environment at our Club and are proud to display the Progress Flag in our stadium on matchday.

“Homophobic chanting at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium should be reported by texting HPH and location details to 07537 404821. At other stadia, it should be reported to the nearest steward or via the home club’s reporting number.

“No one should suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation and/or their gender identity, and we urge supporters not to use this chant.”

It is the latest homophobic incident targeted towards Chelsea, with Liverpool, Everton and Leeds all condemning their fans for aiming abusive chants at players at points earlier this season. 

Spurs were beaten 2-0 by Thomas Tuchel’s side with a Kai Havertz strike and a Ben Davies own goal enough to give the West London outfit the upper-hand heading into next week’s second leg. 

Spurs Web Opinion 

Homophobia should not be part of the game or part of life for that matter. It is good that the club has recognised this and quickly acknowledged it, ahead of potentially finding the individuals involved. 

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