Three men were arrested on suspicion of homophobic chanting during Saturday’s Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield.
Three individuals, age of 23, 37, and 49, are in police custody. They were arrested “on suspicion of homophobic intentional harassment alarm and distress,” according to Merseyside Police.
In three distinct events, two arrests—one inside the sports arena. The other two outside on Anfield Road—were made, according to a statement.
The 23-year-old and 49-year-old will participate in a voluntary interview. And the 37-year-old has been released on bail until additional inquiries are made.
16 individuals were removed from the stadium by stewards for a variety of infractions committed during the Premier League game.
“Merseyside Police will not tolerate hate crime of any kind. The match commander Superintendent Paul Sutcliffe for Saturday’s 0-0 draw told media about the incident. “We will bring to court anyone found accountable for engaging in any abusive chanting,” he said.
“We will pursue football suspensions against the three suspects in this case if they are charged and found guilty of the offense.”
“It is critical that anyone who witnesses such an offence immediately reports it to stewards or the police so that we can take the necessary action,” he added.
“As with all matches, we work very closely with both clubs to ensure the public’s and the teams’ safety.”