BOSSES at Burnley Football Club have condemned fans who were filmed undercover on a national TV programme apparently making homophobic chants.
Channel 4’s Dispatches programme on Monday night highlighted discriminatory and offensive behaviour at professional football matches in England.
Among the undercover footage shown was Clarets fans singing homophobic songs during the away game at Brighton and Hove Albion on August 24 last year.
Now bosses at the club are appealing for anybody who knows the individuals filmed to contact the club, confidentially, on firstname.lastname@example.org. A Clarets spokesman said: “Burnley Football Club was extremely disappointed to appear in Channel 4’s Dispatches programme on Monday, March 3, 2014, highlighting discriminatory and offensive behaviour at professional football matches in England.
“Burnley Football Club’s Board of Directors, players and staff, along with the people of Burnley, reject all forms of discrimination.
“We pledge to tackle discrimination in all forms and make Turf Moor a safe and welcoming place for all. This information is included in the Customer Charter on the official club website.
To combat the issues highlighted, guidance notes were issued to all assist with clubs’ steward briefings, ahead of the Brighton game at Turf Moor on January 28, 2014. This information is also used for future briefings.
“Anyone witnessing instances of racist, homophobic, sexist or any other unwarranted form of behaviour is asked to report this to the nearest steward, or member of club staff.
“The club will not tolerate behaviour of this kind and will take the strictest possible action to remove those responsible.”