EPL 2021-22: Liverpool condemns fans' homophobic chants against Chelsea at Anfield
Liverpool was held to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Anfield on Saturday. However, The Reds fans did not take the draw on a good note and sang homophobic chants towards The Blues players.
In one of the major blockbusters of the 2021-22 English Premier League Matchday 2, Liverpool was up against reigning European champion Chelsea at Anfield. The game ended in a 1-1 draw, thanks to Kai Havertz (Chelsea) and Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) goals.
However, what transpired during the match and after has got the English football talking. Liverpool fans were involved in homophobic chants against the Chelsea players.
As per a Reuters report, some fans had targetted Chelsea midfielder Gilmour at Carrow Road last week and referred to him in homophobic language. Also, Norwich’s Billy Gilmour was targetted similarly, leading to club manager Jurgen Klopp criticising the fans and term the songs as a “complete waste of time”.
Following the fans’ act on Saturday, Liverpool condemned the same and stated, “Liverpool FC is disappointed by reports that a small section of our supporters were heard singing offensive songs during Saturday’s fixture with Chelsea at Anfield. The club would like to remind its fans of its code of conduct, which clearly outlines what it expects from all supporters visiting Anfield.”
“The club strongly condemns these actions and will be investigating all reported allegations of abusive and/or discriminatory behaviour with the relevant authorities to identify perpetrators. LFC is committed to tackling abusive and discriminatory behaviour, which has no place in football or society,” it added in a statement.
The clash was expected to be a close encounter, and no one was the clear favourite here. Havertz put The Blues ahead in the 22nd minute. However, a red card to James at the stroke of half-time derailed its momentum.
Courtesy of the resulting penalty, Salah drew level to keep the deadlock at half-time. Chelsea showed remarkable resilience and composure in the second half with its defence, not allowing The Reds to penetrate and eventually keep it levelled and settle for a draw.
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