Three Hammers fans were arrested at the London Stadium on Saturday, two for homophobic abuse and one for common assault. All three have been released under investigation.
And following the Metropolitan Police’s revelation the club has made it clear that lifetime bans will be handed out to to any supporter found guilty of homophobic abuse.
The Met launched an investigation into alleged homophobic chanting by travelling West Ham fans at Chelsea last month according to the Evening Standard.
And in statement, a West Ham spokesperson told the London evening ‘paper: “West Ham United is disgusted to hear of alleged homophobic incidents at the game against Brighton & Hove Albion. The matter is now with the Police but anyone found guilty of acting in a discriminatory manner will be banned for life from London Stadium and from travelling with the Club.
“The Club is unequivocal in its stance – we have a zero-tolerance approach to any form of discrimination. Equality and diversity is at the heart of the Football Club and we are committed to continue ensuring that everyone who enters London Stadium is free to enjoy watching their team play football in an inclusive environment.”
The Metropolitan Police said: “Police made three arrests at the West Ham United v Brighton football match at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, 1 February as follows: Two male West Ham fans were arrested on suspicion of making homophobic gestures. One male [also a West Ham fan] arrested on suspicion of common assault.