Another controversy strikes in the Premier League and this time at the fore front on the fiasco is a young Chelsea fan, who has been convicted of incorporating homophobic chants in his speech during last month’s clash between the Blues and Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium.
Chelsea emerged as the victorious ones in the game, beating the hosts 2-1, however, not without stirring up some controversy, as a young Blues fan, George Bradley, was caught lashing out homophobic slurs during the game, and now, almost a month after the incident, the 20-year old Bradley, upon being tried, charged and convicted, has been barred from attending any and all football matches for the next three years.
In addition to the footballing action ban, the youngster has also been slapped with a fine of £965, after he pleaded guilty to the offence of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Brighton Magistrates’ Court earlier on Thursday, 3rd January.
In a statement by the club, a spokesperson for Brighton & Hove Albion added, “We would like to thank Sussex Police for their assistance in dealing with this unsavoury incident, and we are very pleased with the outcome.”
On behalf of Sussex Police, football policing officer Darren Balkham added, “Mr. Bradley pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and accepted his behaviour was not acceptable and this was recognised by the court,” who went on to urge all the supporters to be wary of such incidents and report them as soon as is possible.
Chelsea fans have been consistent in stirring up such controversies as Chelsea suspended four supporters from attending matches while an investigation into the alleged racial abuse of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling takes place.