Three people arrested after homophobic chanting at Wolves vs Chelsea football match

Catherine Muxworthy April 11, 2023

Three people have been arrested for homophobic chanting that was aimed at Chelsea fans during their match against the Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) at Molineux Stadium on Saturday, April 8.

During the match, Wolves made a PA announcement to their fans reprimanding them after some supporters in the home sections were heard singing a song during the second half, however these chants continued.

A statement from Wolves FC said: “We strongly condemn the discriminatory chants aimed towards Chelsea supporters at today’s game. In response to the chants, supporters were reminded by a public address system announcement that discriminatory behaviour and chants of this nature are not tolerated at Molineux.

“Homophobia, like all other forms of discrimination, has no place in football or society, and anyone engaging in discriminatory behaviour is committing a criminal offence.

“As a result, we can confirm that three arrests were made by West Midlands Police relating to homophobia, and the discriminatory chants in question.

“Our ethos at Wolves is about being ‘One Pack’ – an attitude we are passionate about and that extends to our relationships across the football community, regardless of rivalries or what happens on the football pitch.

“We thank all supporters and staff who reported incidents, and will continue to campaign for inclusivity and tackle discriminatory abuse, whether inside stadiums or online.

“The club will offer its full support to the police as they carry out their investigation.”

Chelsea also release a short statement on their club website stating: “Chelsea Football Club finds all forms of discriminatory behaviour totally unacceptable.”

The FA will now be looking into the incident and will be in communication with West Midlands Police.