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Two boys arrested after 'misogynistic chanting directed at female referee' during football match

Two boys have been arrested after officers say they heard misogynistic chanting at a female referee during a football match at St Andrew's today.

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It happened during Birmingham City's home game.

Police officers said they heard the chants being directed at the official and acted quickly to arrest the two, who are both 17.

They are currently in custody on suspicion of a public order offence.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "We don’t tolerate any form of hate and it is important hate crime is reported to us.

"Today is White Ribbon Day which is the start of a 16 day long campaign. It focuses on everyone, especially men and boys on what they can do to change the behaviour and culture that leads to abuse and violence against women and girls."