Three men are arrested over claims of homophobic chanting during Liverpool’s draw against Chelsea as Merseyside Police vow to ban any offenders for life
- Three men have been arrested after incidents during Liverpool versus Chelsea
- They face claims of homophobic chanting during the 0-0 stalemate at Anfield
- Merseyside Police said they will seek banning orders for anyone found guilty
Three men were arrested for alleged homophobic chanting at the Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday, police have said.
Merseyside Police confirmed on Tuesday that, in three separate incidents, two arrests took place outside the stadium on Anfield Road with the other inside the arena itself.
A statement confirmed that the men, aged 23, 37 and 49, were arrested on suspicion of ‘homophobic intentional harassment, alarm and distress’.
Police arrested three men over claims of homophobic chanting during Liverpool vs. Chelsea
The statement added: ‘The 37-year-old has been bailed pending further enquiries, and the 23-year and 49-year-old will attend a voluntary interview.
‘We are also aware that 16 people were ejected from the stadium by stewards for various offences during the Premier League match.’
Superintendent Paul Sutcliffe, match commander for the game, which ended goalless, said: ‘Merseyside Police will not tolerate hate crime of any form, and we will bring to justice anyone found responsible for committing any offensive chanting.
‘In this instance, if the three suspects are charged and found guilty for the offence, then we will be seeking football banning orders on them.’
Merseyside Police insist they will seek football banning orders for any individual found guilty
The alleged offences were reported as Liverpool played out a 0-0 stalemate against Chelsea
Meanwhile, Merseyside Police have welcomed the issuing of a banning order to an Everton fan who shouted racial abuse at a Leicester supporter last year.
Matthew Gillespie, 32, of Bebington pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence at South Sefton Magistrates Court on Monday following the incident at a game at Goodison Park on November 5.
As well as the banning order, he was also was ordered to pay a fine, costs and compensation.
Detective constable Mike Volynchook said: ‘It is pleasing to see this outcome, which shows just how seriously police, football clubs and the courts take such hate crimes in our football stadia.’