Leyton Orient still investigating after reports of homophobic chanting at last weekend’s match with Luton Town
PUBLISHED: 10:52 21 October 2016 | UPDATED: 10:52 21 October 2016
Mathew Parri Thomas 2016
No spectators reported the matter to stewards or police officers on duty at the game
Leyton Orient have confirmed an investigation is ongoing following reports of homophobic chanting at last weekend’s League Two match with Luton Town at Brisbane Road, but that no spectators reported the matter to stewards or police officers on duty at the game.
Both clubs released a statement shortly after the incident and the Hatters confirmed earlier in the week they were still looking into the matter.
A statement on the official Orient website, read: “Following reports of homophobic chanting at our home game last Saturday, both ourselves and Luton Town have worked together in our investigation into this matter.
“Unfortunately the incident was not reported by any spectators to stewards and police officers on duty at the game, which makes retrospectively identifying and prosecuting any individual or group of individuals very difficult.
“Investigations are currently ongoing and both clubs will continue to co-operate fully with the police and their enquires into the incident.
“The police will continue to work closely with Luton police, and throughout the investigation will keep both clubs informed of any developments.
“Leyton Orient prides itself as a club for the community, and supports the FA’s Football v Homophobia campaign.
“We believe in a fair and equal game, regardless of protected characteristics and will continue to support such initiatives with the help of the Fans for Diversity Hub at the Matchroom Stadium, which was unveiled at the start of the season with the aim of creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment for supporters from all backgrounds.
“Homophobic or discriminatory chanting has no place at Leyton Orient Football Club and offenders will be dealt with in accordance with regulations.”