Premier League: Kick It Out condemns ‘unmistakably homophobic’ chants aimed at Norwich’s Billy Gilmour in opening game against Liverpool | UK News
The alleged homophobic chants targeting Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour by Liverpool fans on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season have been doomed by Kick It Out.
The abuse allegedly took place during Liverpool3-0 victory at Carrow Road on Saturday.
Anti-discrimination organization Kick It Out said it was “disappointed” by the “numerous incidents of discrimination in stadiums” already reported since the start of the 2021-22 season.
“The use of the term ‘rent boy’ in the chants of some of the Liverpool fans at Carrow Road was unmistakably homophobic and has no place in our game,” the organization said in a statement shared on Twitter. .
“We have also had reports of incidents in other games and are awaiting further clarification.
“As always, we thank those who reported these incidents to us and urge fans to do the same if they witness discrimination of any kind in football in the future.”
Liverpool’s LGBT + fan group Kop Outs also condemned the alleged abuse after the game.
“An excellent result today marred by homophobic chants by some of our fans targeting Chelsea player Billy Gilmour,” they said. “If you can’t support without resorting to fanatic nonsense, you don’t understand.”
The statement was shared by Liverpool’s official Twitter account, and the club added that the vocals were “offensive and inappropriate”
The vocals are offensive and inappropriate – a message we’ve communicated repeatedly alongside Kop Outs.
We urge supporters to remember the inclusive values of the club and refrain from using it in the future. https://t.co/67Q5SKoa88
– Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 14, 2021
Gilmour, 20, was making his competitive debut for newly promoted Norwich after joining the club in July on a one-season loan from Chelsea.
The youngster, who made 11 appearances for Chelsea, was one of Scotland’s most notable performers against England at the Euro – receive the man of the match award.
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Gilmour missed the rest of the tournament after a positive COVID test and Scotland crashed in the group stage.
He joined the Chelsea youth squad in 2017 from the Scottish Rangers.