West Ham respond to allegations from Chelsea supporters

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Chelsea were beaten 1-0 by West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday but following the encounter, the Chelsea Supporters Trust reported an alleged abuse from the West Ham fans.

The Chelsea supporters accused the Hammers supporters of making homophobic chants.

In their statement, Chelsea Supporters’ Trust claimed they noted “with dismay the continuous homophobic chanting by visiting West Ham fans”.

West Ham have now issued a statement in which they condemned the alleged homophobic chanting by their own fans targeted at the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge during the weekend.

A West Ham statement read on Monday: “West Ham United in no way condones any behaviour that falls short of the highest standards which the club sets when it comes to equality.

“At the London Stadium against Arsenal we will be celebrating and demonstrating the great work the club does to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for ALL supporters, including our LGBT+ fanbase, as part of our ongoing and unwavering support for the Rainbow Laces campaign.”

Meanwhile, A Kick It Out statement identified the “rent boy” chant often aimed at Blues fans as a homophobic chant and wants the FA to look into it.

The statement read: “We have received numerous reports of homophobic chanting directed at Chelsea fans during their match against West Ham United on Saturday.

“We have informed the FA, and reiterate our message: the ‘rent boy’ chant is homophobic and must be treated as such.”

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