Brighton fans compile homophobia report

LONDON (AFP) - Fans of English second-tier club Brighton and Hove Albion have published a dossier that they sent to the Football Association listing incidents of homophobic abuse from rivals supporters.

Brighton, on the English south coast, has a large gay community, and supporters of the town's football club are regularly subjected to homophobic taunts.

As a result, the Brighton and Hove Albion Supporters' Club, in conjunction with the Gay Football Supporters' Network, put together a report in which it is claimed they have been victims of homophobic taunts from fans of 72 per cent of the opposition clubs they have faced this season.

They say there has been abuse in 70 per cent of the club's away games, and 57 per cent of their total matches.

The report also contains allegations against Blackburn Rovers striker Colin Kazim-Richards, a former Brighton player, who was reported to the police and the FA over alleged homophobic gestures made during a game against his former club in February this year.

"We hope this report will demonstrate clearly the level and nature of homophobic abuse that is so frequently targeted at Brighton supporters and as this report shows, they are on football's front line in the ongoing fight against homophobia," said GFSN chairman Chris Basiurski.

"Nobody should be subject to ridicule over their actual or perceived sexual orientation and we are horrified that it has been tolerated, excused and ignored in relation to Brighton supporters for so long. It needs to stop."

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