The ‘Chelsea rent boy’ chant aimed at players and fans could be prosecuted by the CPS due to homophobic and hateful content.

Using the term ‘rent boy’ in a slogan is a homophobic slur and may amount to a hate crime. This is according to the Crown Prosecution Service, which insisted that those who use the words are liable to prosecution.

There have been chants for Chelsea players at a number of grounds this season – both in the Premier League and the FA Cup.

Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher – on loan from the Blues – is the latest player to be targeted as the Eagles face Millwall last Saturday.

A CPS spokesperson confirmed to Sky Sports News that the body considers the term to be a homophobic slur.

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A spokesman said: “The CPS continues to take racist and homophobic chants at football matches very seriously and is working with the FA, football clubs and charities to drive this abhorrent behavior out of the game. Working together.

“This type of mob behavior can have devastating effects on the gangs involved. We will not hesitate to prosecute anyone for these actions where there is sufficient evidence to do so.”

The move comes as supporters’ groups join forces with the FA to push for a clearer stance on the chant from law enforcement.

The 'Chelsea rent boy' chant aimed at players and fans could be prosecuted by the CPS due to homophobic and hateful content.

Chelsea Pride co-chair Tracey Brown said in a statement on social media: “It’s really positive that the CPS have made a clear statement on their position on the term ‘rental boy’.

“While we know this is only the beginning of the journey, it is a very important step in communicating that the derogatory term ‘Rainboy’ is not welcome in football.”

Millwall, meanwhile, have vowed to ban any fans found guilty of homophobic chants during their FA Cup third-round defeat by Palace for life.

Liverpool, Leeds and Tottenham have issued statements condemning the use of the term in chants by sections of their supporters throughout the season.

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