Police say seven arrests have been made.
Europen LGBT publication Gay Star News reports that police are investigating an incident at a British football game where spectators were handed a flyer with homophobic speech printed on the front.
The words were intended to be yelled at a Chelsea player John Terry during West Ham versus Chelsea game at the London Stadium.
Recipients of the flyer were asked to read the chant after the anthem “I am Forever Blowing Bubbles.”
Here are the off-color words presented to fans in the flyer:
“John Terry’s queer, he takes it up the rear,
“He loves to sit on costas face
“He takes it up the bum
“He’s just a Chelsea SCUM
“We’ve got Dimitri Payat”
(repeat again and again)
A West Ham United spokesperson said they are completely and utterly committed to tackling all forms discrimination in football.
“Working with the Metropolitan Police Service, the club will be investigating the alleged distribution of these flyers, and will take the strongest possible action against those responsible.”
The metro Police said seven arrests have been made with the help of the Football Association.
“Police are aware of a leaflet handed out before the match containing homophobic contents,” police said. “This will form part of the post match investigation.”
Gay Star News says that a poll conducted this week found 8-percent of football enthusiasts say they would stop watching their team if they found out one of the players was gay.
Justin Fashanu came out in 1990 and continued to play football on various teams until 1997. He died by suicide in 1998.