Nottingham Forest and Nottinghamshire police have issued the following statement ahead of Saturday’s home match against Brighton and Hove Albion (kick-off 3pm).The club, along with the force, would like to place on record that homophobic chanting will not be tolerated.
Supt Ian Howick, who will be the police commander for this game, said: “Over the years we know that Brighton and Hove Albion FC have had to put up with a small minority of people who have started or joined in with homophobic chants.
"Alongside the clubs, there will be a zero-tolerance approach to this type of abuse and we will be taking positive action to identify anyone who is involved. We don’t want people to be caused any unnecessary distress, we simply want people to enjoy the game.
Forest’s media and communications manager Ben White fully endorsed the message, saying: “The support that the players have received this season has been tremendous and we ask that the fans continue to focus their energy on encouraging our team.
“We want supporters to enjoy the match without using chants which are likely to cause offence to others.
“Forest host an antisocial behaviour text service that allows people to report any poor behaviour, and both clubs fully back this approach.”
Details of the club’s text reporting facility can be found on each match ticket and will be displayed on the big screens on the day.