East Preston man among Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea fans arrested for 'racist and homophobic abuse'
Three men have been arrested in relation to hate crimes at a football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea.
Sussex Police said fans of both teams were arrested yesterday (January 1) on suspicion of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress (homophobic abuse).
A 21-year-old man from Brighton - a home fan - was released on conditional bail until January 29, police said.
A 56-year-old man from Portslade, also a Brighton and Hove Albion fan, was released under investigation pending further enquiries, as was a 21-year-old East Preston man from among the Chelsea supporters.
The arrests were made by officers working with club stewards, police added.
Earlier today, the club's chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber released a statement condemning the abuse. He said: “Yet again our safety and stewarding team, along with Sussex Police, have had to deal with three separate and unwanted instances of disgusting racist and homophobic abuse."