Football Association to investigate alleged incidents of homophobic chanting from Man City fans during Cup win over Chelsea

    The Football Association will investigate alleged homophobic chanting by some Manchester City fans during their FA Cup clash against Chelsea.

    The alleged chanting occurred in the second half of the third-round tie at the Etihad Stadium, which saw City run out 4-0 winners.

    The match has been overshadowed by allegations of homophobic chanting from some fans

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    The match has been overshadowed by allegations of homophobic chanting from some fans

    It comes two days after the FA said it was also looking into chanting of a similar nature during Manchester United’s defeat of Everton on Friday.

    The PA news agency reports the governing body will be liaising with the club and relevant authorities over the matter.

    An FA spokesperson said: “We strongly condemn the use of the term ‘rent boy’ and we are determined to drive it out of our game.

    “We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as the UK Football Policing Unit, in relation to the use of this term.

    “Part of our work in this area has been to provide the relevant authorities with impact statements from LGBTQ+ supporters, detailing how chants of this nature affects their experience and feeling of inclusion at football matches, so that a clearer stance and understanding on the chant can be established.

    “We stand firmly against all forms of discrimination and we are striving to ensure our game is a safe environment for all, which truly embraces diversity and challenges hateful conduct both on and off the pitch.”

    It’s alleged Frank Lampard was targeted by homophobic chants during Everton’s FA Cup defeat at Manchester United on Friday

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    It’s alleged Frank Lampard was targeted by homophobic chants during Everton’s FA Cup defeat at Manchester United on Friday

    City have been approached for comment.

    There also appeared to be some disturbances involving Chelsea fans late in the game, with police visibly stepping up their presence at the end where the visiting supporters were situated.

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