1. ITV Report

Everton investigating 'homophobic chanting' during game against Chelsea

Everton are investigating reports of homophobic chanting during Saturday's Premier League game against Chelsea.

Chelsea's Tammy Abraham and Everton's Jordan Pickford

The abuse is alleged to have been directed at Chelsea fans during Everton's 3-1 win at Goodison Park.

Everton is working in conjunction with Kick It Out and has commenced an investigation into homophobic chanting reported during Saturday's Premier League game against Chelsea.

Both the club and Kick It Out have received reports of a homophobic chant being aimed at Chelsea's fans by a small section of the home crowd.

Homophobia has no place within our stadium, our club, our community or our game. The club strongly condemns such behaviour and is carrying out a thorough investigation which will include liaison with Merseyside Police.

Matchgoers who have information relating to any form of discrimination should email

– Everton statement
Rainbow laces worn during the Premier League match at Goodison Park Credit: PA

The alleged abuse came during a week in which the Premier League backed Stonewall's Rainbow Laces campaign in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people in sport.