A Blackburn Rovers footballer has been charged with making a homophobic gesture to Brighton and Hove Albion fans at a Championship match that took place earlier this year.

Sussex Police said on Friday Colin Kazim-Richards, 26, was charged under Section 5 of the Public Order Act.

The summons relates to an alleged homophobic gesture that Kazim-Richards made to the Brighton and Hove Albion crowd when he was playing for Blackburn Rovers in a Championship football match against the Albion at the Amex Stadium on February 12.

26-year-old Kazim-Richards previously played for Brighton and Hove Albion until 2006 before moving to Sheffield United.

Officers investigating the complaints against Kazim-Richards contacted Lancashire Police, Brighton and Hove Albion and Blackburn FC for assistance in February.

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