English football club West Ham have opened an investigation into a flyer encouraging its fans to chant homophobic slurs about Chelsea captain John Terry.
The two rival clubs were engaged in an EFL Cup match on Wednesday which was marred by violence. Coins, bottles and seats were thrown by fans as stewards battled to keep them apart during West Ham’s 2-1 win.
The lyrics in the flyer were handed out with the instruction: “Let’s all sing it after Bubbles when the game kicks off tonight“.
‘Bubbles’ is the anthem of West Ham played before every home game.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police are aware of an leaflet handed out before the match containing homophobic contents.
“This will will form part of the post match investigation.”
Gay rights campaigners have roundly condemned the shocking homophobic lyric sheet.
Lou Englefield from the Football v Homophobia initiative told Mirror Online: “It’s hugely disappointing to see apparent attempts to orchestrate homophobic chanting by groups of fans.
“West Ham has been a great supporter of the Football v Homophobia campaign over a number of years and we are confident that the club will take action to identify those responsible and deal with the situation”
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