Football fans taunt rivals with Boris Johnson and anti-immigrant Brexit chants

Luton fans were subjected to abuse at Kenilworth Road (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

Football supporters taunted their rivals from a famously multi-ethnic town with chants about Boris Johnson's hardline Brexit and immigration policies.

Fans of Luton Town were subjected to a barrage of racially-charged abuse from Ipswich Town supporters, including: “Boris Johnson - he's coming for you."

Among other taunts directed at the Luton support were, “Born in the UK, You’ll never sing that,” and “Brexit means Brexit”.

Another jibe aimed at the home support was: “You gotta live here, we get to go home.”

Luton's most infamous fan, former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson - real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - is currently serving a nine month jail sentence after being convicted of contempt of court.

Robinson was convicted after nearly causing a sex abuse trial to collapse by filming defendants outside Leeds Crown Court.

A general view of the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match at Kenilworth Road, Luton. (Photo by Darren Staples/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Boris-baiting happened during Luton’s Carabao Cup tie at their Kenilworth Road stadium against Ipswich on Tuesday night.

It was accompanied by abuse on Twitter with one Ipswich fan Tom Smith, Twitter handle: @itfctsmith2004, saying of Luton: “Full of Muslims mate not good. Feels like your on holiday when you go there.”

Luton fans reacted with anger on Twitter to the abuse, calling it “disgusting” and “full of bigotry”.

Bedfordshire Police confirmed there were no arrests at the match.

Luton fans had the last laugh when their team knocked Ipswich out the Cup with a 3-1 win.

In a statement on the club’s website, Ipswich secretary Stuart Hayton said the club will not tolerate any form of offensive or anti-social behaviour from fans.

“We have been informed of alleged racist chants made by a small number of our fans at Kenilworth Road and we are working with Luton on what is an on-going matter.

“We have shown in the past that we will act strongly against anyone found to have conducted themselves in an offensive or anti-social manner both at games and with comments on social media and that will remain the Club’s policy.”

Ipswich have condemned any offence chanting by their fans at Kenilworth Road. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

It is not the first time that Boris Johnson’s views have been used by right-wing football thugs to torment rivals.

Millwall fans seized on a controversial 2005 article in The Spectator magazine, which Johnson edited at the time, which accused Liverpudlians of wallowing in self-pity over the Hillsborough disaster.

During a cup tie shortly afterwards between the south London club and Liverpool, the Millwall fans continually chanted: “There’s only one Boris Johnson.”

The baiting almost led to a full-scale riot with some Liverpool fans having to be restrained by police and stewards from running onto the pitch to confront their tormentors.

Luton are yet to respond to Yahoo's request for comment


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