Liverpool condemn fans for homophobic chants aimed at Chelsea

Liverpool fans shield their eyes from the sun while watching the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
Liverpool fans shield their eyes from the sun while watching the game during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The club issued a statement last week following homophobic language aimed at Norwich City's Billy Gilmour

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Liverpool have condemned supporters who sang homophobic chants targeting opponents Chelsea during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Anfield.

The latest incidents follow Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp's criticism of the club's fans for homophobic chants aimed at Norwich City's Billy Gilmour last week.

Some Liverpool supporters were heard using homophobic language against the 20-year-old on-loan Chelsea midfielder Gilmour at Carrow Road last Saturday.

Fans make their way to the ground ahead of the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
Fans make their way to the ground ahead of the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

The German said such songs were a "complete waste of time" and that he did not want to listen to them again.

After Saturday's match, the Merseyside club issued a statement saying: "Liverpool FC is disappointed by reports that a small section of our supporters were heard singing offensive songs during Saturday’s fixture with Chelsea at Anfield.

"The club strongly condemns these actions and will be investigating all reported allegations of abusive and/or discriminatory behaviour with the relevant authorities to identify perpetrators.

"LFC is committed to tackling abusive and discriminatory behaviour, which has no place in football or society."

Ten-man Chelsea held on for a battling draw as both sides missed the chance to go top of the Premier League.

Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta (second right) and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (right) clash following Liverpool's equaliser during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.
Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta (second right) and Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (right) clash following Liverpool's equaliser during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Kai Havertz headed Chelsea into the lead and, after visiting defender Reece James had been sent off for handball shortly before half-time, Mohamed Salah converted the subsequent penalty.

Chelsea were furious at James’ dismissal after Sadio Mane’s effort had appeared to hit the England defender’s arm, with VAR intervention leading to Salah’s spot-kick.

Liverpool poured forward for the remainder of the game but could not break down a resolute rearguard action from Thomas Tuchel’s side, who celebrated as if they had won at the final whistle.