Early in 2023, two English Premier soccer fans already used an anti-gay slur.
The most recent incidence was when Manchester United supporters were heard calling Everton manager Frank Lampard, a former Chelsea player and manager, "Chelsea rent boy." The cry, which is categorized as a hate crime in England, will be looked at, according to the Football Association.
According to Out Sports, a statement from the FA read, “We strongly condemn the use of the term ‘rent boy’ and we are determined to drive it out of our game. We continue to work closely with the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as the UK Football Policing Unit, in relation to the use of this term.”
After the most recent chant, Man U’s LGBTQ support group, the Rainbow Devils, condemned the slur, tweeting, “We strongly condemn the taunting of Frank Lampard with the illegal and homophobic chant from a section of our fans and call for the club to take action.”