LOCAL football club Farsley Celtic have launched an investigation following a reports a "small minority" of supporters used racist and homophobic language at a recent match.

The Celt Army has condemned the behaviour and attempting to identify the fans responsible and said the "strongest possible action" will be taken against the culprits.

The alleged language was said to have been used during the National League North side's 4-0 defeat away at Southport on Tuesday, December 28.

Club captain Dave Syers called the behaviour "abhorrent".

In a statement, chief executive Joshua Greaves said: "It has been brought to the club's attention there has been an allegation made regarding the actions of a small minority of supporters at Southport.

"The referee was informed of allegations of homophobic and racist language, and Farsley Celtic fully condemns this.

"The use of such language is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"We are a family club, and this type of behaviour has no place at Farsley, or anywhere in society.

"We are currently investigating the allegations and attempting to identify the individuals involved. We will take the strongest possible action against those found responsible.

"The club is aware it is only a small number who conduct themselves in this way, and not the majority of our supporters.

"Those who do conduct themselves in this way are not welcome at our football club."

Captain Syers - who made 55 appearances for Bradford City from 2010 to 2012 - added: "With a tough day on the pitch yesterday, the last thing I expected when called across by the referee was to be informed of accusations of racist and homophobic abuse coming from a section of our supporters.

“This is something that we as players, staff and true supporters of the club find abhorrent and there is no place for it in our society, never mind in our football club.

“One of the main reasons I love playing for Farsley is that even though we compete at a level well above our size, we don’t lose sight of the fact we are a small volunteer-run club and the family atmosphere reflects this.

“I hope any investigation finds the people responsible and they are punished to the full extent.

“I want to thank the majority of our supporters who made the trip to Southport and backed us throughout the game, and after speaking with you following the match I know we all stand together on this issue.”