Leeds Condemn Their Home Crowd’s Homophobia against Gallagher

Leeds Condemn Their Home Crowd’s Homophobia against Gallagher

Leeds United won Tuesday night’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace at home, by a margin of 1-0 (football news). But now, the club is appalled by the homophobic abuse their home fans at Elland Road aimed at Conor Gallagher. So, though just yesterday they saw Raphina’s late goal save them, today, Leeds condemn their home crowd’s homophobia against Gallagher.

Leeds’ home crowd chanted “Chelsea rent boy” derogatively at the on-loan Palace midfielder during the game at Elland Road.

But, Leeds’ Liam Cooper, who was captain for the home fixture and also wore the rainbow band, tweeted about it.

Captain Cooper’s tweet was captioned “Football is for all”. And he posted it with a picture of his rainbow armband which captains wear in solidarity with the LGBT+ community.

Meanwhile, the FA have previously claimed that they are determinedly driving the ‘rent boy’ slur out of football.

Indeed, the FA’s Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Director, Edleen John told Sky Sports News back in August there is a determination to weed out the rent boy slur from the game and that it was an insult comparable to racist abuse.

However, Sky Sports News have contacted the FA for comments, but they have offered none yet.

Leeds Condemn Their Home Crowd’s Homophobia against Gallagher

Leeds called the chant against Connor Gallagher “unacceptable”, while defender Liam Cooper also tweeted in solidarity of the young player.

“Overall the support from Leeds United supporters at last night’s game with Crystal Palace was magnificent,” a Leeds statement said.

“Once again the fans got behind the team and played a huge part in pushing the players on to get the late winner.

“However, we are aware of a homophobic chant directed at a Crystal Palace player and we want to be very clear that this is unacceptable.

“We will continue to work closely with Marching Out Together and all of our supporter groups to ensure that we do everything within our power to eradicate homophobia and any other form of discrimination from our football club.”


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