Chelsea Football Club welcomes the news that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recognises that the term ‘rent boy’ is a homophobic slur, and that those who use it are liable to prosecution.
We will continue to work with our supporters and our LGBTQ+ fan group Chelsea Pride to ensure that our club is welcoming and inclusive for all, and we will not hesitate to take action against anyone who persists in using this or any other discriminatory language, including working with the police and CPS to secure prosecutions.
Tracy Brown, co-chair of Chelsea Pride said: ‘It’s really positive to see the CPS make a clear statement on their position on the term ‘rent boy’. I am thankful to Proud Lilywhites and Chris Paouros for joining with myself and Chelsea Pride as we worked with other fans and supporters to collect a number of victim impact statements detailing how hearing this chant negatively impacts the experience of football. It was also positive to be able to work alongside The FA who were supportive and helped us to share these experiences with the UK Football Policing Unit and the CPS.
‘At Chelsea Pride we will continue to work closely with our club and we will continue to play our part in the No To Hate campaign. This is an important step, we still have a long way to go, but we won’t rest until football is a game where everyone feels welcome.’
Supporters are reminded they can report hate, whether experienced in the stadium or online, directly to us in the following ways:
Text: 07894 937 793 (during a match)
Phone: 0207 386 3355 (after a match)
Click to report online (any time)