December 19, 2019 / 3:20 PM / 8 months ago

Bristol Rovers fined 7,500 pounds for homophobic chants - FA

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Carabao Cup Second Round - Bristol Rovers v Brighton & Hove Albion - Memorial Stadium, Bristol, Britain - August 27, 2019 Brighton and Hove Albion's Alireza Jahanbakhsh in action with Bristol Rovers' Alfie Kilgour Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - Bristol Rovers have been fined 7,500 pounds ($9,800) and ordered to implement an action plan after some of the English third tier team’s supporters chanted homophobic abuse, the Football Association said on Thursday.

The incident occurred during League One Rovers’ 2-1 defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup second round on Aug. 27.

Rovers admitted a charge of failing to ensure that its supporters refrained from using “abusive and/or insulting words, which included a reference, whether express or implied, to sexual orientation”.

As part of the action plan, Rovers must continue its investigation into the offenders responsible for the discriminatory chanting and also improve their steward deployment plans at the Memorial Stadium.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis

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