Merseyside Police arrested three men for alleged homophobic chanting during Liverpool’s draw against Chelsea.
One of the men was arrested inside the stadium at Anfield while the other two were detained outside the ground for separate offences on Saturday.
The three men, aged 23, 37 and 49, were all arrested on suspicion of homophobic intentional harassment, alarm or distress.
Two will attend a voluntary interview while the 37-year-old has been bailed pending further enquiries.
It follows protocol from the Football Association (FA) to come down harder on homophobic chanting at matches in the Premier League.
That includes homophobic slurs that have been used against Chelsea and their fans and players.
The chant in question has been classed a homophobic slur since January 2022 by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), saying fans singing it during matches were committing a hate crime.
It is not the first time in recent weeks that the chant has been heard around stadiums across the country, including from Manchester City and Nottingham Forest in games against Chelsea this month.
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Sections of Manchester United fans were also heard singing it to ex-Chelsea player Frank Lampard when the Red Devils took on Everton in the FA Cup earlier this month.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp recently wrote in the club’s programme that he was thankful for the fans that have looked to stop the derogatory chant, saying it ‘does not fit in with the traits of our city, our club or our people’.
He added: “I will not refer to it by name in this column because I think the less we can hear about it and see it the better, but the really, really positive thing is that fans have come together to try to make it a thing of the past.
“We can already feel the effects of this. Positive steps have been made and hopefully this will allow our supporters from the LGBT+ community to feel as welcome as they should.”