Liverpool have issued a statement condemning abuse of Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour following homophobic chanting in the club’s 3-0 win over Norwich.
Gilmour, 20, played the full 90 minutes of his first Premier League game of the season against one of the Blues’ main title rivals this season.
Unfortunately, it was not a normal game for the midfielder, who is hoping to rack up first-team minutes to help in his development before returning to west London at the end of the season.
The 20-year-old, who broke onto the scene after his impressive performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup win against the Reds two seasons ago, was verbally targeted by a section of Liverpool supporters during the win.
An official Liverpool tweet posted after the game read: “The chant is offensive and inappropriate – a message we have repeatedly communicated alongside Kop Outs [Liverpool’s LGBT+ Supporters’ group].
“We urge supporters to remember the inclusive values of the club and to refrain from using it in the future.”
Kop Outs also posted their own statement on what happened during the Carrow Road clash on Saturday evening.
They tweeted: “Great result today marred by homophobic chanting by some of our fans targeting Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour.
“If you can’t support without resorting to bigoted nonsense, you don’t understand YNWA.”
Additionally, Chelsea’s own LGBT+ group Chelsea Pride had their say on the matter.
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‘We at Chelsea Pride are disgusted that Billy Gilmour was targeted with that chant,” their tweet stated.
“We will continue our push to get the CPS to open its eyes to the fact it’s homophobic and the powers that be need to change their stance on it.”
The term ‘Chelsea rent boy’ was also heard being chanted in Leeds’ 5-1 defeat to Manchester United on Saturday, demonstrating the work that is still needed to be done to kick all discriminatory abuse out of the game, and ensuring a safe environment for everyone who attends matches.