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Denmark international Viktor Fischer calls out “rife” homophobia in football

By Chris Smith

Published: 18:27, 8 April 2019

FC Copenhagen forward Viktor Fischer has criticised fans who aimed homophobic abuse at him during his side’s 1-0 win over Odense BK during their Danish Superliga playoff match on Sunday.

According to Fischer himself, it wasn’t the first time he has suffered abuse at the hands of the OB support and he decided to celebrate in front of their fans when Dame N’Doye scored his 77th minute winner.

Viktor Fischer receives homophobic abuse: Four key things to know…

  1. Fischer received homophobic abuse throughout FC Copenhagen’s win at OB on Sunday.
  2. The Denmark international celebrated in front of the home fans following N’Doye’s late winner.
  3. Fischer claims it isn’t the first time he’s been subjected to this abuse at the hands of OB supporters.
  4. He also believes homophobic abuse should be viewed in-line with racism.

But now the former Middlesbrough man has spoken out, insisting the punishment for homophobic abuse ‘must be in line with racism’.

“The last time we played in Odense, there were homophobic calls from the fans down there,” Fischer said after the match.

“It was there several times today again. It is therefore really nice to stand with the victory at the end after that. It should not be accepted in football overall.

“It must be seen in line with racism and the like. If the Superliga does not do anything about it, OB must do it themselves.”

The ugly head of racism has reared its head in football on a number of occasions in recent weeks, with the likes of Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Moise Kean all subjected to abuse.

Fischer insists homophobia is just as common in society in general and ‘especially in football’.

“It is an incoherence in society in general, but it is especially in football,” he said.

“They can call me an idiot, they can say I have a smooth hairstyle. It even has a touch of humour.

“But nowhere at home, should it be a word of abuse in football culture in 2019.”

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Danish Superliga release statement on homophobic abuse

Following Fischer’s criticism of the homophobic abuse he received, and his call for action from the league, the Danish Superliga released a statement in conjunction with the Danish FA, Danish Players’ Association and Football Fans group.

The statement read: “Football is for everyone – regardless of sexual orientation, ethnic origin or religious belief.

“Therefore, Sunday’s episode at Odense Stadium, where spectators shouted homophobic calls for FC Copenhagen’s Viktor Fischer, is completely unacceptable.

“Homophobia does not belong anywhere at home – either on or off the pitch.

“It is crucial that players who experience any kind of harassment react and tell. Viktor Fischer did, and it deserves respect.

“But it is even more crucial that episodes like the one at Odense Stadium are followed up by action. Odense Boldklub has already recognised the episode and will act on it in the club and towards the club’s fans.

“The clubs’ fan clubs FCK FC and De Stribede have also taken common distance from the episode and expressed a common ambition to prevent similar incidents in the future.

“It’s positive. It is precisely in the interaction between clubs and fans that the solution must be found. It is important, however, that the effort against spectators who harass players does not remain a talk.

“The clubs should, in cooperation with their fan clubs, clarify with themselves which sanctions they will use in future towards spectators who harass players. Although it may be difficult to locate the origin of the call, the desire to stop it should weigh heaviest.

“As associations and interest organisations, we will assist with support and sparring in the work if the parties so desire.

“We will not accept episodes like the one at Odense Stadium yesterday, and we are ready to work closely with clubs and fans so that it does not happen again.