Brighton fans have been cleared of racism after an innocent chant was misheard during the club’s recent Carling Cup clash with Liverpool.
The Albion fans had been accused of chanting ‘Sheep, sheep, sheep sh****r’ at Wales striker Craig Bellamy during the televised game earlier this month.
However, an investigation realised that the Amex faithful had merely been singing the club’s ‘Sea, Sea, Seasiders’ ditty.
Ken Brown, Brighton and Hove Albion managing director, said, “It is very sad that the club’s reputation and that of its supporters have been tarnished in this way.
“It has been our belief ever since this allegation was made, that it was totally unfounded, as neither Brighton and Hove Albion or our supporters accept racism.
“It appears the popular and innocent chant of ‘Seasiders’ was misheard by the viewer.”
An FA spokesman confirmed, “Brighton and Hove Albion have no case to answer.”
It is not the first time a Brighton chant has been misheard. During a game at the New Den against Millwall a tabloid newspaper columnist wrote of his disgust at seeing 1,000 plus fans shouting sieg heil while making Nazi hand salutes.
Those fans, of course, were Brighton supporters chanting ‘Seagulls, Seagulls’.