Soccer team Adelaide City FC - which plays in the NPL South Australia - has taken a strong stand to try and prevent its supporters engaging in homophobic abuse at matches.
The club's chairman, Greg Griffin, has stated that homophobic fans are no longer welcome as supporters of Adelaide City FC.
In his statement, Griffin explained that homophobic abuse against opposing teams is against the code of conduct of Football South Australia, the league's governing body.
“The message is simple...” stated Griffin. “You either play by the rules or you do not come.”
The club's statement has been prompted by a number of recent instances of homophobic abuse being reported during Adelaide City FC games.
Although no individual fans have been sanctioned for the abuse, it's clear that the club is under pressure to take a stand. Another Australian club - Melbourne Victory - has recently been fined following homophobic abuse chanted by their fans.
“This is not something that the club will tolerate now being made aware of what has been said by so-called supporters of the club to opposing teams and players...” stated Griffin.