Homophobia in football grounds should be met with the same zero tolerance as racism, Bristol West MP Stephen Williams has said.
The Lib Dem Communities Minister has called for clubs, the FA and the police to tackle anti-gay abuse with the same vigour as racial discrimination.
Gay rights charity Stonewall estimates that seven out of ten fans have reported hearing homophobic slurs at matches.
Mr Williams said:
"We need to stamp out homophobia on the terraces with the same vigour that we banished racism. It isn't acceptable that footballers still feel the need to hide their sexuality out of fear of abuse.
"I want homophobia to be treated with zero tolerance just the same as racism and I want clubs, stewards, the police and FA to work even harder to achieve this aim.
"Football clubs in England and Wales have done a frankly remarkable job at cracking down on racism since it was rife in the 1970s.
"With the occasional exception that draws deserved criticism from fans, our game is leagues ahead of many of our European neighbours when it comes to integration."