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Metz-PSG halted as homophobic banner emerges

Metz-PSG halted briefly after the emergence of another homophobic banner

August 30, 2019 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Once again fans made fun of officials' attempts to crack down on homophobia in Ligue 1.

Friday's Ligue 1 encounter between Metz and Paris Saint-Germain became the second in three days to have been halted following the emergence of a homophobic banner. Just as it was the case in Nice versus Marseille on Tuesday, the home fans unfurled a long strip of cloth with a message reinforcing the agenda of discrimination.

In what was its fourth league game of the season, PSG took the lead through Angel Di Maria's spot-kick after just 11 minutes. While the Parc des Princes outfit looked to double its lead with the momentum gained, proceedings were halted when referee Frank Schneider spotted an offensive banner in the home stands.

"PSG, LFP, let me sing to you, to tell you to go f*** yourselves! I won't be on TV, because my words are not very gay," the banner read.

The players were subsequently off the pitch and after about three minutes of waiting, it was pulled down and the game was ushered back in play. The first-half ended with Eric Choupo-Moting scoring PSG's second and final goal of the match.

The culture of homophobic banners appearing in stadiums in France looks to be on the rise in recent times. The Ligue 2 clash between Nancy and Le Mans on August 16 was the first to be suspended this season and was followed by the event at Nice on Tuesday.

As a measure to deal with prejudice and hate speech by fans, Ligue 1 matches being halted could be a frequent happening this season.

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