A man has been arrested after Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop reported homophobic abuse during Sunday’s League One clash at Tranmere.

Goals from Adebayo Akinfenwa and Joe Jacobson sent Wycombe to the top of League One with Ipswich not playing due to international call-ups.

Ryan Allsop had several loan spells, including one at Blackpool, before joining Wycombe last year

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Ryan Allsop had several loan spells, including one at Blackpool, before joining Wycombe last year

Tranmere confirmed an incident did occur at Prenton Park and is being dealt with by the police.

A statement from the home club read: “Tranmere Rovers Football Club are very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made during today’s match against Wycombe Wanderers.

“The club takes matters like this very seriously with a zero-tolerance policy.

“As a consequence of today’s actions, one supporter has been arrested and the matter is being dealt with by the police.”

A further statement from Merseyside Police suggested referee John Busby had also been the target for homophobic abuse during the game, which was televised live.

Chief Inspector Jason Crellin said: “We’re grateful to the player, both clubs and the stewarding staff for intervening and reporting these abhorrent incidents immediately.

“I also want to reassure them and everyone present and watching on television that we will be working alongside both clubs and the authorities to fully investigate the allegations.

“Hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”


Before the arrest was made, Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth said: “If that’s the case, then for me there are some stupid idiots about.

“Whether it’s racist or homophobic, whatever it is, we have to stamp this out.

“I have got to credit Ryan Allsop for being brave enough to stand up and say I’m reporting this, and that’s what we are and I’ll stand by him.”

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