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Everton rebuke fans for homophobic chanting at Chelsea player

Everton condemned supporters for targeting a Chelsea player with homophobic chants during Thursday’s 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

“Such behavior is unacceptable and does not represent the values of our club or our wider fanbase,” the Merseyside club said in a statement.

“We promote and celebrate the diversity and inclusivity within our club, our game and our community. We expect fans to reflect those values by refraining from any discriminatory chanting in the future.”

In August, Liverpool condemned fans for homophobic chants aimed at Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, who is on loan at Norwich City from Chelsea.

Chelsea missed a chance to move two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City as a depleted Everton side earned a superb point at Stamford Bridge.

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England midfielder Mason Mount gave the hosts a deserved lead in the 70th minute with a calm finish past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford following Reece James’ pass.

But Everton equalised four minutes later when 19-year-old defender Jarrad Branthwaite, in his first league appearance of the season, converted at the back post after Anthony Gordon’s free-kick.

Chelsea, aiming to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2016-17, will be left wondering how they failed to get the three points in a match where they had 80% possession and had 23 shots.

The result leaves them third, four points behind leaders City, with Everton staying 14th.

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