Leeds have slammed homophobic chants made by their own fans on Tuesday night.

A group of fans could be heard singing ‘Chelsea rent boy’ at Gallagher, who is on a season-long loan from Stamford Bridge, in the first half of United’s 1-0 Premier League win over Palace.

The chants were branded ‘unarguably homophobic’ by Marching Out Together, the Leeds’ LGBT+ supporters group, and came during a fixture which had been dedicated to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign.

Leeds have condemned homophobic chants by a section of their fans at Crystal Palace’s Conor Gallagher on Tuesday

Leeds players wore T-shirts supporting Rainbow Laces in the warm-up and captain Liam Cooper donned a rainbow armband.

A club spokesperson said: ‘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.’

The audible chants came from the corner of Elland Road where a giant poster promoting ‘Marching Out Together’ was displayed.

In a statement, Marching Out Together said: ‘Last night was our Rainbow Laces game. The club have actively supported the campaign again this year.

‘The work we do with the club receives the support from the overwhelming majority of Leeds fans, who welcome inclusion and support for the LGBT+ community.

Tuesday night’s fixture at Leeds had been dedicated to Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign

‘However, work still needs to be done, and unacceptable chanting can still occasionally be heard. The rent boy chant last night is one example of that.

‘It is unarguably homophobic and unacceptable at all times. We wrote a piece condemning the use of the rent boy chant and explaining why it is homophobic last year.

‘It was certainly regrettable to hear last night – but the club’s ongoing powerful message of support for equality resonated much stronger on a night where we could celebrate that things are changing for the better in the game of football, when it comes to LGBT+ inclusion.’

Earlier this season, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp criticised his own supporters for singing the same ‘Chelsea rent boy’ chant at Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour, another Chelsea loanee.


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