3 football fans arrested for racist and homophobic abuse

London, January 2 (AP) A Brighton fan was arrested for racially abusing Chelsea players during a Premier League game, and two other football fans were arrested in separate incidents during the same game for launching homophobic abuses against followers rivals

Brighton's chief executive Paul Barber called the abuse disgusting and urged supporters to report irregularities at the stadium.

If the possibility of a lifelong ban on watching your clubs play football is not a strong enough deterrent, we have to ask ourselves whether the courts should have the power to impose more severe penalties.

Barber said in a statement Thursday.

Football can only do so much, and we are tired of the reputation of the game being tarnished by these people.

I find it impossible to understand how and why some people think it is acceptable to behave in this way.

Brighton kept Chelsea in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.

During a second division game on New Year's Day, an announcement was made in Huddersfield warning fans to stop offensive behavior after sectarian abuse was supposedly directed at Stoke player James McClean.

McClean, an international from Ireland, applauded when the announcement was made.

People have to be held accountable for their behavior when they come to a stadium, said Stoke manager Michael O'Neill, who previously trained in Northern Ireland. It is not something we want to talk about constantly: sectarianism or racism or whatever. (AP) APA APA