FA to investigate Campbell’s homophobic abuse

COLCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Sol Campbell, Manager of Macclesfield Town looks on prior to the Sky Bet League Two match between Colchester United and Macclesfield Town at Colchester Community Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Colchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The Football Association is looking into the alleged homophobic abuse aimed at Sol Campbell during last Saturday’s League Two match.

Fans on Social Media platforms raised concerns after the match at Whaddon Road, which Cheltenham won 3-2, suggesting visiting manager Campbell was the target of derogatory chants.

Cheltenham are yet to respond to the allegations but the club did publish a message on its official website on Monday to remind fans that, “it is against the law to shout or chant abuse on the grounds of ability or disability; age; gender; gender reassignment; marital status or civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race, nationality or ethnicity; religion or belief; or sexual orientation.”

They added: “The aim of Cheltenham Town FC’s Equality Policy is to promote our own equality objectives and in doing so, help to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect. Football is for everyone; it belongs to and should be enjoyed by anyone who wants to participate in it, whether as a player, official, staff member or spectator.”

According to FourFourTwo, Omnisport understands Macclesfield and manager Campbell are happy the FA is investigating the matter.

The 44-year-old took charge of the League Two strugglers, last November, when the club was bottom of the table, and has steered them to within two points of safety.


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