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Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Brighton at the Amex Stadium on New Year’s Day as the Blues conceded a late goal to cancel out a 10th minute Cesar Azpilicueta strike.
According to Sports Illustrated, a Brighton fan was arrested for racially abusing Chelsea players during a Premier League match, and two other soccer fans were arrested in separate incidents during the same game for hurling homophobic abuse at rival supporters.
Brighton & Hove Albion confirmed the incident via its Twitter handle on January 2: “Two home supporters and one visiting supporter were ejected from the Amex and subsequently arrested, for three separate incidents of unacceptable abuse during yesterday’s match against Chelsea.#BHAFC”
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber called the abuse ”disgusting” and urged supporters to report wrongdoing at the stadium, while also threatening that the punishments should go beyond life bans from stadiums.
”If the prospect of a life ban from watching their clubs play football isn’t a strong enough deterrent, we have to ask the question as to whether the courts should be given the power to hand out more severe punishments?” Barber said in a statement on Thursday.
”Football can only do so much, and we are sick and tired of the game’s reputation being tarnished by these people.
”I find it impossible to comprehend how and why some individuals think it’s acceptable to behave in this way.”