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‘Unquestionably homophobic’ chanting aimed at Norwich footballer condemned

Alleged homophobic chanting aimed at Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour by Liverpool fans during the opening weekend of the new Premier League season has been condemned by Kick It Out.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place during Liverpool‘s 3-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Anti-discrimination organisation Kick It Out said it is “disappointed” by the “numerous incidents of discrimination at stadiums” already reported since the 2021-22 season began.

“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,” the organisation said in a statement shared on Twitter.

“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.”

Liverpool’s LGBT+ fans group, Kop Outs, also condemned the alleged abuse after the match.

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“Great result today marred by homophobic chanting by some of our fans targeting Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour,” they said. “If you can’t support without resorting to bigoted nonsense, you don’t understand.”

The statement was shared by Liverpool’s official Twitter account, and the club added the chant is “offensive and inappropriate”

Gilmour, 20, was making his competitive debut for newly promoted Norwich after joining the club in July on a season-long loan move from Chelsea.

The youngster, who has made 11 appearances for Chelsea, was one of Scotland’s standout performers against England at the Euros – receiving the man of the match award.

Billy Gilmour (left) and Mason Mount
Image: Billy Gilmour (left) was Scotland’s star man during their draw against England at Wembley

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Gilmour missed the rest of the tournament after a positive COVID test and Scotland crashed out at the group stage.

He joined Chelsea’s youth setup in 2017 from Scottish side Rangers.

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