rsenal has launched an investigation into incidents of homophobic abuse after two supporters were expelled from the Emirates Stadium during the game against Brighton.
The club confirmed the action taken in a statement issued on Wednesday following the 2-1 Premier League home defeat.
“We have been made aware of incidents of homophobic abuse during our home game against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday,” read an Arsenal statement.
“Arsenal should be a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, and we want to be clear that any kind of discriminatory abuse is not welcome at our club.
“We can confirm that two supporters have been removed from the stadium, and we have intensified stewarding operations in areas where abuse has been reported.
“The incidents that have been reported are now being investigated by the club, and we will take the strongest possible action against the perpetrators who can be identified.
“We would also like to remind supporters that homophobic abuse is a hate crime and punishable by law. Please think before you sing.
“We would like to thank those who came forward to report the incidents on Saturday. We can only fight this kind of abuse with the help of our fans as allies.
Gay Gooners, an official Arsenal supporters club and LGBT+ group, welcomed the stance.
They tweeted: “Thank you to Arsenal for making this statement and to Brighton and all their fans who have reported homophobic abuse. If you ever witness homophobic abuse at games please let us know.