Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has condemned the homophobic chants aired during Manchester United’s game with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge which rang out: “do not belong in the stands
Some sections of the United supporters sang a derogatory chant aimed at fans of the home team late in the game on a weekend when the Premier League are promoting the Rainbow Laces campaign for equality and diversity.
United fans have previously been ejected from Stamford Bridge for singing the song and it was heard from the away end during the 1-1 draw between the two teams.
Chelsea released a statement condemning the action of some supporters after a game here between the two clubs in February 2020, but they are yet to comment this time around.
Ten Hag was asked about the chants during his press conference and condemned them, but he also criticised Chelsea fans for their taunts at Raphael Varane.
The France defender was in tears after suffering an injury in the second half but he was jeered by the Chelsea fans as he limped off the pitch and then walked around the perimeter back to the tunnel.
“I think it doesn’t belong to the stands but when I call the stands, I mention the stands.
“What has been said doesn’t belong to the stands. I mean the whole stadium because when Rapha Varane came off, it was the same. The other side, Chelsea fans. We don’t all do it.
United did not parade Cristiano Ronaldo who remains out of the senior squad after he stormed out of the pitch in United’s Premier League midweek game.
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