August 30, 2019 / 8:04 PM / 19 days ago

Soccer-PSG's game at Metz briefly suspended after fans display homophobic banners

METZ, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Paris St Germain’s Ligue 1 match at Metz was temporarily halted on Friday after incident of homophobia in French football.

The match referee paused play in the 20th minute after Metz fans held banners deemed to be of a homophobic nature.

Players were taken off the pitch but play was resumed a few minutes later.

The incident comes after Nice’s game at home to local rivals Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday was suspended for 10 minutes then resumed after fans displayed homophobic banners and homophobic chants were heard.

Play was also stopped for a few minutes in a Ligue 2 game between Nancy and Le Mans earlier this month for similar incidents and during AS Monaco’s 2-2 draw with Nimes last Sunday.

The French league has pledged to cut down on homophobic chanting in football this season, with referees instructed to stop play if insults of a homophobic nature are heard during games. (Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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