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The Seagulls fans want the governing body to work harder on stopping offensive chanting in football as their club feel the city's large gay community makes them a prime target

Brighton and Hove Albion fans want the FA to address homophobic chanting around football grounds within the English game.

Under ground regulations, racist and homophobic chanting are both outlawed but Brighton fans believe that the city’s large gay community makes them a prime target for offensive chanting.

John Hewitt, Brighton Supporter’s Club chairman told The Telegraph: “We get it everywhere we go. The ground regulations say you cannot use homophobic behaviour. There’s a certain amount of banter between fans, but when it crosses that line and becomes offensive it’s not acceptable. The FA is not doing enough.”

The FA outlawed homophobic chanting back in 2007 and ground rules can see fans removed from stadia, and in serious cases arrested for disorder if they are caught breaking the rules.

Raj Chandarana of the Football Supporters Federation said: “It’s about education - making people aware that homophobic chants are unacceptable. 

“It can’t always be the FA that needs to have these sanctions. We all need to have the responsibility.”

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