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Teen football fans arrested for despicable homophobic hate: ‘It won’t be tolerated’

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Two boys have been arrested on suspicion of making homophobic comments during the Manchester City – Burnley football match on Saturday (October 16).

In addition to the two teenagers, a third man in his twenties was arrested by police at the Etihad Stadium during the Premier League game. Greater Manchester police said the arrest was a “separate incident” on suspicion of a breach of the peace and a police attack.

No further details were given about the exact age of each boy or which team they support.

All three were held in custody Saturday night for questioning and now face possible football bans and criminal charges.

Match commander for the event, Superintendent Jamie Collins, emphasized that “the majority of fans who attended [last Saturday’s] match behaved exemplary”, adding that he “thanks” those people.

He continued: β€œWe are working closely with Manchester City Football Club to promote good behavior at matches and identify anyone who is committing a criminal offence.

β€œI want to send a clear message to anyone who attends football matches with the intention of being abusive and threatening that this will not be tolerated.
β€œGMP officers will take positive action against those who use homophobic or racist language and that is what my officers did in today’s game.”

He stressed that the “strongest action” will be taken against anyone who engages in this type of abusive or discriminatory behavior during matches, “including banning those fans from attending future football matches”.

“Our top priority is the safety and well-being of the fans, staff and players,” Collins continued. “We want fans to be able to enjoy matches without the experience being ruined by a small number of people.”

City won the match 2-0, thanks to goals from Bernado Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

Homophobic and racist abuse is a recurring problem within football, with London’s Met Police forced to increase their numbers at Wembley City last Tuesday (October 12) over concerns about possible racist abuse during the England-Hungary match.

More recently, a gay Premier League footballer revealed he is in therapy over a crippling fear that opponents’ football fans will “crucify” him for being gay if he got out.

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