Police investigate claims of 'racist and homophobic chanting' at Lancashire derby

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Blackpool beat Preston 4-2 in Saturday's derby at Bloomfield Road. Credit: PA images

Police are investigating reports of possible racist and/or homophobic chanting during the Lancashire derby between Blackpool and Preston North End on Saturday 22 October.

Blackpool beat North End 4-2 in the game at Bloomfield Road.

Lancashire Police says it was made aware of the possible abuse chants during the game.

Officers will be meeting with representatives from the football clubs in the coming days and this will include reviewing CCTV.

It's claimed the chants were heard during the match Credit: PA images

In a statement the force said "If anything of this nature comes to light a full investigation will be launched and we will seek to identify and locate those responsible.

"Hate speech is not welcome in Lancashire and we take all reports of this nature very seriously.

"Anybody found to be responsible will be dealt with robustly and proportionately."

Blackpool FC and Preston North End have both released statements relating to the investigation.

Both clubs say they find all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent and they both and have a zero-tolerance policy where this is concerned.

They also say they will both be working with Lancashire Police and will take the "strongest possible action" against any individuals identified and found guilty of behaviour of this nature.