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Brighton fans compile dossier highlighting homophobic abuse, urge authorities to tackle issue

04/03/2013 08:55 EDT | Updated 06/03/2013 05:12 EDT
BRIGHTON, England - Aggrieved at receiving constant homophobic abuse, fans of second-tier English club Brighton have compiled a dossier highlighting the issue and are urging authorities to do more to tackle the problem.

A report produced by the Brighton and Hove Supporters Club, in conjunction with the Gay Football Supporters' Network, says fans have been subjected to homophobic abuse by at least 72 per cent of opponents this season.

The southern city is well known for having a large gay and lesbian community.

The dossier has been sent to the English Football Association and government authorities.

In a joint statement, the supporters groups say "for us it is really simple; if the words relating to a person's sexuality were replaced with words relating to someone's race or skin colour, would those chants be acceptable?"

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