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FA investigating allegations of homophobic chanting by Cheltenham Town fans at Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell took charge of League Two side Macclesfield Town in November Photo: PA

The Football Association has launched an investigation into claims Sol Campbell was subjected to homophobic abuse by Cheltenham Town fans.

Macclesfield Town manager Campbell was allegedly targeted during his side’s League Two tie against the Robins on Saturday (January 26).

Several fans wrote about the chants directed towards the away manager on social media after the match, which the Cheltenham won 3-2.

The FA is investigating claims homophobic abuse was chanted at Sol Campbell during his side's visit to Cheltenham Town. Credit: PA

Cheltenham’s fan-elected director Dave Beesley also confirmed to the Gloucester Live website that he had received “a few emails from fans” complaining of homophobia at the game.

In a statement on its official club website, Cheltenham said it wanted to remind all supporters “that it is against the law to shout or chant abuse on the grounds of ability or disability; age; gender; gender reassignment; marital status or civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race, nationality or ethnicity; religion or belief; or sexual orientation.”

It added: “Under the Equality Act 2010 it is an offence to make reference to the above protected characteristics in abusive terms and doing so could lead to arrest and prosecution.”

The club did not reference the alleged abuse directed towards Campbell but did confirm it was reviewing its operations.

Campbell has not yet commented on the FA investigation. Credit: PA

“Supporters are urged to report any such abuse to the nearest steward as quickly as possible,” the club continued.

“Please assist us in making the Jonny-Rocks Stadium a place where everyone can watch football without having to endure discriminatory abuse.”

Neither Campbell or Macclesfield has yet commented on the FA investigation.