Chelsea fans condemned for ‘diabolical’ homophobic chanting at Brighton

Chelsea fans have been accused of “diabolical” homophobic abuse and chanting during their 2-1 win over Brighton on Tuesday evening.

One Chelsea supporter reported chants of “Moises Caicedo – he left cos you’re gay” aimed at the home crowd, while a Brighton fan told i the homophobic abuse he received was “the worst I’ve heard from any club”.

Stuart Matthews, chair of Brighton’s LGBTQ+ fan group Proud Seagulls, overheard one group of Chelsea fans outside the stadium saying “this is full of poofs”.

Another group chanted “What the f—ing hell is that?” at him as he walked past in his Proud Seagulls polo shirt, which includes the group’s rainbow insignia.

“It was aimed at me because I was wearing this polo shirt,” Matthews said.

“It was absolutely diabolical last night. That’s the worst I’ve seen it and the worst we’ve had from Chelsea. In fact from any club, to be honest with you.

“For that one match last night, that thug element was there, it felt as though we were back in the 80s. Five or six people start these chants and everybody else instantly joins in. It wasn’t a nice atmosphere.”

Matthews said he chose to leave the ground before the end of the game for fear of potential post-match conflict with Chelsea fans.

Meanwhile, Chelsea fan Stephen Naulls posted on X/Twitter: “I am GUTTED to hear Chelsea fans chanting homophobic lyrics tonight.

“I’m even more gutted that after I called it out they carried on and seemed buoyed by the questioning.

“We are better than this. Football should be better than this. I’ve reported the people I could get evidence of to the police, and you should if you hear anything like it.”

A Brighton spokesperson said: “We are aware of the reported incidents from the game last night, as is usual policy we will be investigating further, if necessary with assistance from Sussex Police, and will take the appropriate action where required.

“We would remind all fans visiting the Amex that we have a zero tolerance approach to and will take fullest action against any form of discrimination.”

The club have also reached out to Matthews to check on his welfare and reassure him they will take appropriate action.

Chelsea declined to comment.

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