(CNN) British courts should be granted the power to hand out tougher punishments to supporters found guilty of racist or homophobic abuse at football games, says a chief executive of a leading English Premier League club.
Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber called for the crackdown after three people were arrested following the club's 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
Sussex Police confirmed that two fans -- one home and one away -- were arrested for homophobic abuse and one home fan was arrested for racist abuse.
"Yet again our safety and stewarding team, along with Sussex Police, have had to deal with three separate and unwanted instances of disgusting racist and homophobic abuse," Barber told the Brighton website on Thursday.
"If the prospect of a life ban from watching their clubs play football isn't a strong enough deterrent, we have to ask the question as to whether the courts should be given the power to hand out more severe punishments?
"Football can only do so much, and we are sick and tired of the game's reputation being tarnished by these people.
"I find it impossible to comprehend how and why some individuals think it's acceptable to behave in this way, and yet again I will make it very clear that neither Brighton & Hove Albion nor the wider football community, will tolerate racism, homophobia, or any other form of discrimination at any time."