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Plymouth Argyle issued formal warning from Football Association after homophobic chants

Further reports of discrimination could see the club facing disciplinary action Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Argyle Football Club have been issued a formal warning by the Football Association over fans' homophobic chanting earlier this year.

The FA opened an investigation after the Pilgrims played away to Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium on August 31 this year.

Although it appeared to be a small number of fans chanting at the game, any reports of further discriminatory behaviour could see the club facing disciplinary action.

Manager Ryan Lowe has only been at the helm since June Credit: PA Images

In a club statement, PAFC have again stated they do not condone discrimination of any kind, and have threatened Home Park banning orders and legal action against fans found making offensive comments.

See the club's statement below:

We have said it before, but to be absolutely clear, let us repeat – Plymouth Argyle is a community-focused, values-driven organisation, whose stated aim is to make attending football matches as inclusive and enjoyable as possible for all members of society.

We have a desire and a duty to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation based on age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy and maternity; marriage and civil partnership; race; religion and belief; gender; and sexual orientation.

Therefore, we will take the strongest possible action against anyone behaving discriminatorily, including Home Park banning orders and liaising with the Police to ensure that the law is upheld. That could result is criminal prosecution under the Football (Offences) Act 1991 or Criminal Justice Act 2003, which specifically cover discriminatory behaviour.

This week, we received a formal warning from the Football Association following their investigation into the behaviour of a very small number who travelled to our game at Northampton Town.

If further such reports at other matches are substantiated, the FA will consider disciplinary action.

We do not want that. Much more importantly, we do not want the good name of Plymouth Argyle to be dragged down by those claiming to support the club.

The Green Army will again be out in force for Saturday’s trip to Mansfield Town, and we thank you for that support.

– Plymouth Argyle Football Club