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University apologises after students chant ‘f**k the mormons’ at football match

University apologises after students chant ‘f**k the mormons’ at football match

The Oregon University has since apologised over the explicit football chants

An American university has had to issue an apology following an explicit chant from students during a football match.

The University of Oregon has said sorry for the 'disgraceful chant', which you can see for yourself below:

During a match against The University of Oregon's 'Ducks' against Brigham Young University's 'Cougars', who hail from Utah, a chant began to a sound out containing particularly explicit language.

The chants first broke out following the Ducks' scoring their first touchdown at the game on Saturday (17 September).

After the Ducks beat BYU 41-20, further chants erupted at the sold-out crowd of nearly 55,000 people at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon where students would cheer: "F*** the mormons."

Hours after the game had ended, Utah’s Governor Spencer Cox denounced the chant as 'religious bigotry', tweeting: "Religious bigotry alive and celebrated in Oregon," responding to a viral video that surfaced of the chanting crowd.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown also issued a statement on the matter.

The crowd can be heard chanting 'f*** the mormons'.

She posted to Twitter: "In Oregon, we strive to be a welcoming, inclusive state to all, regardless of race, religion, gender, or background.

"Our state and nation have an ugly history of discrimination and bigotry. The chant at yesterday's Oregon-BYU game was unacceptable. We must do better."

The university’s interim president Patrick Phillips also released a statement about the explicit chants in which he condemned the intolerance of 'a small group of fans'.

Phillips concluded: "I condemn the behaviour of these fans on Saturday. It angers me. It disgusts me."

Also taking to Twitter, the official account for the University of Oregon posted a thread apologising for the incident.

It read: "The University of Oregon sincerely apologises for an offensive and disgraceful chant coming from the student section during yesterday’s game against Brigham Young University."

The statement continued: "These types of actions go against everything the university stands for, and it goes against the spirit of competition.

"We can and will do better as a campus community that has no place for hate, bias or bigotry."

The Oregon Pit Crew, Oregon's student section, likewise came out to support the students at BYU tweeting: "To all @BYUfootball fans in attendance at todays game we would like to apologise for the actions of the students in attendance.

"We do not condone or support any hateful speech directed towards one’s religion and are ashamed of those who participated."

According to a news outlet within Brigham Young University, BYU 'has over 30,000 students with the majority belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'.

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Topics: US News, Sport