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Liverpool condemn homophobic chants directed at Norwich's Billy Gilmour

Norwich's on-loan Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was the subject of homophobic chanting from a section of Liverpool fans during the Premier League game at Carrow Road; Derby also investigating allegations of racist and homophobic abuse in their game at Peterborough

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Image: Billy Gilmour was the target of homophobic abuse by a section of Liverpool fans

Liverpool have condemned homophobic chanting directed towards Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour during the team's 3-0 victory at Carrow Road.

Goals from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah made it a winning start to the new campaign, but Gilmour - the on-loan Chelsea player - was verbally targeted by a section of Liverpool supporters during the win.

An official Liverpool tweet posted after the game read: "The chant is offensive and inappropriate - a message we have repeatedly communicated alongside Kop Outs.

"We urge supporters to remember the inclusive values of the club and to refrain from using it in the future."

Kop Outs, a Liverpool LGBT+ action group, also condemned those who engaged in such chants, writing on Twitter: "Great result today marred by homophobic chanting by some of our fans targeting Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour.

"If you can't support without resorting to bigoted nonsense, you don't understand YNWA."

Chelsea Pride, Chelsea's official LGBT+ supporters' group, said in a statement on Sunday: "Chelsea Pride condemns the actions from a section of Liverpool FC fans who subjected our on-loan Billy Gilmour to homophobic chants at Carrow Road yesterday.

"We stand in solidarity with Kick It Out, Liverpool FC, Kop Outs and Proud Canaries in condemning this and all homophobic behaviour.

"We will continue to work with clubs and authorities across the game to ensure homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are kicked out of the game.

"There's no place for hate in football."

The incident is said to have occurred hours after Derby's Championship defeat at Peterborough was overshadowed by allegations of homophobia and racism from a minority of away fans.

Derby confirmed in a tweet that they would work with relevant authorities to identify any perpetrators.

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