Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth has condemned the actions of those who allegedly used homophobic slurs in Wanderers’ 2-0 win over Oxford United on January 15.

Just before the hour mark in the match at Adams Park, the game was briefly halted by referee Anthony Backhouse.

Backhouse had been seen listening to David Stockdale, who in the second half, was defending the goal where the away fans were situated.

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Stockdale indicated that something had happened in the stand behind him, which led Backhouse to speak to both Ainsworth, United manager Karl Robinson, and a couple of stewards.

A stadium announcement was then heard moments later reminding fans to not use homophobic language within the ground, and those who did will be reprimanded.

Speaking after the win over their Thames Valley rivals, Ainsworth said: “There was some homophobic abuse reported and that’s all I know.

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“I am proud to be in an era where people are comfortable to be reporting on that idiotic and ignorant behaviour, and I think the referee was outstanding with the way he dealt with things.

“He was very professional and we will see what comes of it.

“I am proud to be managing in an era where players, people, fans, and everyone are comfortable that we know what is right and what is wrong, and hopefully this can be eradicated very soon.”

Three minutes after the incident, Brandon Hanlan scored Wanderers’ second of the match to secure their first league win over Oxford since December 2015.

Chairboys LGBT+ said on Twitter: “Incredibly disappointing to hear about alleged homophobic comments being made by Oxford fans today.

“Do better.

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“Shameful that’s we’re still seeing it, but good to hear that it wasn’t ignored and was reported by one of the Wycombe players.

“Absolutely no place in football for it.”

Many fans from both sides also condemned the actions of those responsible, with some also praising the actions of Stockdale, who reported the incident.