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Cheltenham Town launch full investigation into alleged homophobic chanting

Cheltenham Town produced one of their best performances in the Sky Bet League Two this season with a convincing 3-0 win against promotion chasing Swindon Town.

Jake Andrews’ free kick and Mo Eisa’s second half brace gave the visitors plenty to shout about as the Robins won their first game in a month and rose to 15th in the table.

But within the crowd of over 6,000 fans, reports of homophobic chanting emerged which has prompted Cheltenham Town to launch a full investigation.

According to reports, witnesses heard homophobic shouts in the away end at the County Ground during the match, the police have been notified.

A statement from Cheltenham Town said the club condemn the behaviour and will launch a “full investigation to establish all details.”

“Cheltenham Town Football Club is very disappointed to learn of alleged homophobic comments by a small number of individuals during the match away at Swindon Town,” the club said.

“The club takes such matters very seriously and has launched a full investigation to establish all details.

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“Cheltenham Town Football Club always promotes equality and condemns any discrimination of any type whether by reason of ability or disability; age; gender; gender reassignment; marital status or civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race, nationality or ethnicity; religion or belief; or sexual orientation.

“The club will take a zero tolerance approach to anyone who is discovered to have made homophobic comments and will act accordingly against any offenders identified.”

The allegations come after Cheltenham were recently revealed to be one of the best behaved clubs in the country.

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