Leeds has condemned homophobic abuse that was aimed at Conor Gallagher during their Premier League win over Crystal Palace. The Palace midfielder was met with chants of Chelsea rent boy at Elland Road. Leeds said in a statement that the chant was unacceptable with captain Liam Cooper later tweeting “Football is for all” with a rainbow armband that captains wear in solidarity with the LGBT+ community. The FA’s Equality, Inclusion, and Diversity Director, Edleen John said a few months back that the rent boy abuse has no place in the game and is comparable to racist abuse.
“Overall the support from Leeds United supporters at last night’s game with Crystal Palace was magnificent,” a Leeds statement said about the abuse aimed at Conor Gallagher. “Once again the fans got behind the team and played a huge part in pushing the players on to get the late winner.”
“However, we are aware of a homophobic chant directed at a Crystal Palace player and we want to be very clear that this is unacceptable.” the statement added. “We will continue to work closely with Marching Out Together and all of our supporter groups to ensure that we do everything within our power to eradicate homophobia and any other form of discrimination from our football club.”