Liverpool have condemned allegations of homophobic abuse directed at Norwich midfielder Billy Gilmour in their 3-0 Premier League win at Carrow Road.
Goals from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a winning start to their Premier League campaign, while Virgil Van Dijk also returned after a long period of inactivity with a knee injury.
Gilmour, who joined the newly promoted Canaries on a one-season loan from Chelsea this summer after several impressive performances for Scotland at Euro 2020, was reportedly targeted by some of Liverpool’s supporters during the game.
A tweet posted on Liverpool’s official Twitter post after the game criticized the actions of their fans.
“The vocals are offensive and inappropriate – a message we have communicated on several occasions alongside Kop Outs,” the club said.
“We urge supporters to remember the inclusive values of the club and to refrain from using it in the future.”
Kop Outs, an LGBT + action group from Liverpool, also condemned the actions of some supporters of the club.
“Excellent result today marred by homophobic chants from some of our fans targeting Chelsea player Billy Gilmour. If you can’t support without resorting to fanatic nonsense, you don’t understand YNWA, ”they said.
The chant has already been directed at Chelsea players, with anti-discrimination body Kick It Out strongly condemning its use in 2019 and urging an investigation.
Despite his side’s loss, Norwich manager Daniel Farke was encouraged by Gilmour’s debut.
“I’m happy with Billy Gilmour,” Farke said.
“He could have been more careful with his passing choices, but he was excellent.”
Gilmour, 20, joined Chelsea’s youth system from Rangers in 2017 at the age of 16 and was part of the Blues squad that won the Champions League title last season.
Despite loan interest from many clubs across Europe this summer, Gilmour explained why Norwich was the right club for him.
“Norwich plays football that suits my style, plays from behind and wants to keep the ball. For me that was the perfect opportunity,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s my kind of playstyle where I want to play, get on the ball and shake things up.”
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