Sport is not doing enough to tackle homophobic abuse and authorities should issue lengthy bans to offenders, according to a report.The report, published by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, wants sports authorities to adopt a zero-tolerance approach at all levels.
In highlighting football, it said attitudes in sport in general are out of step with wider society.
There are no openly gay professional male players in British football.
The wide-ranging report said more should be done to show support for athletes who want to come out.
It also said match officials at all levels of sport should have a clear duty to report and document any kind of abuse, and sporting authorities should issue immediate one to two-year bans to indicate clearly that homophobic behaviour would not be tolerated.
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