Brighton slap three fans with lengthy bans after racist incidents reported by their own supporters at two games against Tottenham – including one Under-23s match – at Amex Stadium
- Two incidents of racism were reported by Brighton fans in recent matches
- One incident came during a Premier League 2 Division 1 game versus Spurs
- The other came in the Premier League match against Tottenham
- Both were reported by Albion fans, who alerted stewards to the abuse
Brighton will hand out lengthy bans to three supporters following recent incidents of racism at the Amex Stadium.
Two supporters were ejected from the stadium at an Under-23s game against Tottenham last month and had their details forwarded to Sussex Police for further investigation.
Another individual was removed and arrested during Saturday’s Premier League fixture against the same side.
Brighton will hand out lengthy bans to three supporters following recent incidents of racism
Both incidents were reported by Albion fans.
A statement on the club’s website read: ‘Three Brighton and Hove Albion fans are facing lengthy bans and potential criminal charges, following two separate incidents of racism during recent matches at the Amex.’
Brighton chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said: ‘It’s very hard to comprehend why some individuals think it’s acceptable to behave in this way, but we are very clear that neither Brighton and Hove Albion, nor the wider football community, will tolerate racism or discrimination at any time, in any form.
Tariq Hinds of Tottenham holds off Ryan Longman of Brighton during the recent U23 match at which two supporters were ejected from the Amex Stadium for racist behaviour
The other incident occurred during Brighton’s home win over Tottenham last Saturday
‘It is very encouraging that in both incidents our stewards were alerted to this totally unacceptable behaviour by other Albion fans and, working with Sussex Police, our staff were able to take swift action, which hopefully will increase the chances of a conviction.’
Mr Barber then extended his thanks to the Brighton fans that informed stewards of the incidents and urged other fans to act similarly as and when they encounter such depraved acts.
‘We do not want people exhibiting any kind of discriminatory or anti-social behaviour inside our stadium, and I would like to thank those Albion fans for reporting the incidents to us as soon as they heard it.
‘We would urge any fans confronted with similar discriminatory behaviour to report it immediately, either directly to a steward or via our anonymous hotline, and we will take strong action,’ he said.
On the pitch, Ryan Longman scored twice as Brighton came from behind to defeat Spurs 4-1 in the Premier League 2 Division 1 game.