Kick It Out condemned the homophobic chants by Liverpool fans targeted at Billy Gilmour. The Chelsea midfielder made his debut for Norwich on a season-long loan in a 3-0 loss to Liverpool. The club issued a statement as well deeming the chant “offensive and inappropriate”.
“We are disappointed that only two weeks into the English football season, we have already seen numerous incidents of discrimination at stadiums up and down the country.” Kick It Out said in a statement after the billy Gilmour chants. “The use of the term ‘rent boy’ in chants by a portion of Liverpool fans at Carrow Road was unquestionably homophobic and has no place in our game. We have also had reports of incidents at other games and are awaiting further clarification.”
“As always, we thank those who reported these incidents to us and urge fans to do the same if they witness discrimination of any kind in football in the future. We will continue to liaise with all relevant clubs and the football authorities to identify and hold accountable those responsible.” the statement added.
“You’ll Never Walk Alone is an amazing anthem but to hear some of our own fans chanting in a way which leaves us feeling very alone is not on,” Kop Outs founder Paul Amann said. “It has been viewed over two million times and the vast majority of fans are supportive, they are engaging, they are realizing, when they didn’t, that actually that chant is quite homophobic.”
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