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Sussex Police to hunt down gay-slur Palace fans

12:40pm Monday 18th March 2013

Sussex Police to hunt down gay-slur Palace fans

By Bill Gardner and Anna Roberts

Sussex Police have vowed to hunt down Crystal Palace fans who chanted homophobic slogans before and after yesterday’s derby clash.

More than 100 fans from the London club hurled anti-gay taunts at passers-by and set off smoke bombs as they were marched up West Street and Queen's Road in Brighton by police before the game.

The chants continued during and after the match as rival fans squared off outside American Express Community Stadium.

Officers wore body cameras to capture the scenes on film.

A record crowd of 28,499 fans packed into the Amex to watch a rampaging Albion team thrash their bitter rivals 3-0.

After the match Seagulls manager Gus Poyet: “This is a day to stop time and stay here forever. I’d like to finish a season like this.”

A spokesman for Sussex Police said officers were aware there had been homophobic taunts hurled at Albion supporters.

He said: “Officers were deployed with body-worn video and if any offences are identified including homophobic chanting those responsible will be identified.”

Minor scuffles

More than 350 police officers were involved in the operation, about 100 more than were involved in last season’s fixture.

There were minor scuffles outside the stadium before the game when rival sets of fans tried to break through police lines.

Officers in riot gear and mounted police pushed back the troublemakers before they could reach each other.

But police hailed the day as a “great success” with only five arrests made – three Brighton and Hove Albion fans and two Crystal Palace supporters.

Arrests

A 31-year-old Eastbourne man and a 19-year-old Brighton man were arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly while a 40-year-old Brighton man was arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.

A 36-year-old Crystal Palace fan from south Croydon was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence – swearing – at Falmer Station.

A second Palace fan, an 18-year-old from Surrey, was arrested on suspicion of spitting of people from a bridge.

Chief Inspector Paul Betts, of Sussex Police, said: “There was a small number of potential flashpoints between rival groups of fans at Brighton and Falmer stations, but these involved a small minority and we were able to deal with them very quickly.

“I should like to thank supporters from both sides who heeded appeals from the clubs, supporters’ groups and the police to enjoy the game in a spirit of rivalry, not violence.

“Today has shown that Albion versus Palace matches can be played without the disorder that has taken place in recent years.”

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Comments(21)

Comments(21)

paul76 says...
1:11pm Mon 18 Mar 13

When will football supporters grow up? This sort of thing doesn't go on in any other sport does it?

fredflintstone1 says...
2:25pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Have the police really got nothing better to do? Sticks & stones, to quote the old phrase.....

CatoTheCat says...
2:39pm Mon 18 Mar 13

What a charmless bunch of "men".

Meh!

funkyyoyo says...
2:39pm Mon 18 Mar 13

ditto! kindly spend your time solving crimes in brighton and hove!! and not wasting taxpayers money on finding 100 anti gay whatever they are!!!!!

Jetsamandflotsam says...
4:31pm Mon 18 Mar 13

I disagree.
Find them, fine them and get them banned from attending matches.
I witnessed mindless agressive behaviour from both sides of supporters of supposedly fully grown men.
Time for them to grow up and pay up.

B rian Tawses left foot says...
6:05pm Mon 18 Mar 13

No wonder real crimes go unsolved. Police time and resources wasted on nonsense. People who give me abuse get it right back - and then some - I don't run to the police crying.

The last temptation of crisps says...
6:40pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Someone told me that the venue and clubs do not cover the entire additional costs of policing the event.

I understand they are only responsible and obliged for the immediate vicinity around the stadium and not Brighton station or streets. Is this true? Now the people of Brighton are forced to pay for investigating resultant crimes further. Send the bill to the those pocketing the cash for this event. Not the services under pressure being used by kids, vulnerable adults and old folk that could do with the money instead.

just-a-person says...
9:27pm Mon 18 Mar 13

Think you are making a meal out of this Argus. The police will have to go after a lot of away team fans if that is the case then as you usually hear does your boyfriend know your here, the Brighton fans give as good as they take and like it or not it is a part of football.

mr punch says...
11:50pm Mon 18 Mar 13

just-a-person wrote:
Think you are making a meal out of this Argus. The police will have to go after a lot of away team fans if that is the case then as you usually hear does your boyfriend know your here, the Brighton fans give as good as they take and like it or not it is a part of football.
spot on! Does it really matter? Almost every football chant will offend someone. When albion were 3-0 they chanted "we just f...ked u up the ar5e!" I thought it hilarious! will all the hetro's complain to the police? what a load of nonsense.

down_under says...
3:08am Tue 19 Mar 13

Scum-sucking football fans strike again. What a bunch of lowlife you all are.

Maxwell's Ghost says...
7:04am Tue 19 Mar 13

Crystal Palace is the gayest name for a football club.

Robbo82 says...
10:34am Tue 19 Mar 13

as a gay, proud and passionate palace fan living in brighton i do agree i do absolutly hate the we scored 3 chant to the weed and never sing or condone it, however brighton fans aren't all angels as you see in the video and the lone brighton fan offering a fight behind the train station needs a few more brain cells so it is all tit for tat. have to say the policing was a lot lot better this year and they dealed with it a lot quicker and sufficiently as shows only 4 arrests sunday compared the the numerous arrests last year.

NickBrt says...
11:29am Tue 19 Mar 13

Didn't football used to be about sport rather than intimidation and violence? Sadly I can't even blame Caroline and Jason for this one as football violence started long before they were thrust into our lives.

south1919 says...
12:08pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Lets put this into perspective, nobody died, nobody taken away in an ambulance, nobody hurt other then a few feelings by the sound of it . If some people had there way it would be full of families and corporate spending loads of money all seating down

voiceofthescoombe says...
12:17pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Only 350 police in riot gear needed to keep it peaceful.
Why shouldnt families go to a football match?

south1919 says...
12:28pm Tue 19 Mar 13

voiceofthescoombe wrote:
Only 350 police in riot gear needed to keep it peaceful.
Why shouldnt families go to a football match?
Didn't say families shouldn't go, if the FA had their way it would only be families and corporate . How many times have you seen a little disturbance this season at Brighton ? not many i bet , this was a derby match for christ sake, what did you think was going to happen

Too many Harveys says...
12:32pm Tue 19 Mar 13

I quite agree, sticks and stones. We get it at every single game and no Brighton fan cares less hence the aforementioned chant from Sunday (which was hilarious) and the regular retort of "you're too ugly to be gay". Brighton fans straight or gay embrace our City's image and revel in it. Away fans think we're going to get upset and actually don't know what to do when they get gay embracing songs sung back at them. All part of the fun, baiting the neanderthals.

Mr_Tom says...
12:52pm Tue 19 Mar 13

The last temptation of crisps wrote:
Someone told me that the venue and clubs do not cover the entire additional costs of policing the event.

I understand they are only responsible and obliged for the immediate vicinity around the stadium and not Brighton station or streets. Is this true? Now the people of Brighton are forced to pay for investigating resultant crimes further. Send the bill to the those pocketing the cash for this event. Not the services under pressure being used by kids, vulnerable adults and old folk that could do with the money instead.
yawn... there should be money for both.. don't blame the lack of money for old people or kids on a days policing! look at the money the stadium brings to the town.. Blame instead the filthy tory scum and their banker mates..

hubby says...
1:47pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Get over it.
Sticks and stones.

Number Six says...
5:00pm Tue 19 Mar 13

Bloody good job they didn't call Brighton supportes unkempt. They would have been done for racism

pebble counter says...
9:29pm Tue 19 Mar 13

down_under wrote:
Scum-sucking football fans strike again. What a bunch of lowlife you all are.
You poor, poor man.

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