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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Homophobic banners halt Ligue 1 clash


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The French Ligue 1 game between Nice and visitors Marseille was halted for several minutes during the first half on Wednesday after home fans unfurled two banners with homophobic messages.

One banner referred to Tuesday's takeover of the club by Britain's richest man, billionaire Jim Ratcliffe who is the owner of chemicals giant Ineos.

The banner displayed a play on words referring to the fact Ratcliffe also owns the Team Ineos cycling and using the term "pedale," which in French means "to pedal" in cycling but is also a derogatory term used to define gay people.

It read: "Welcome to the Ineos group: at Nice we also love to pedal."

Nice vs Marseille halted by homophobic banners

Another banner at the Allianz Riviera criticised French league authorities for approving more fenced off sections in the stands, saying it makes for "more gay" stadiums.

That was followed by sporadic chanting against the French league with an anti-gay slur.

Referee Clement Turpin interrupted the game midway through the first half - and play resumed about 10 minutes later. Marseille won the game 2-1.

Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien told broadcaster Canal Plus that halting the match was the wrong decision.

"We're not going to stop the game each time some morons do something," Cyprien said.

"I'm against all forms of discrimination, (whether it's) homophobia or racism, but you shouldn't stop the match for so little. It's ridiculous."

Summer signing Dario Benedetto opened his Marseille account just after the half-hour mark before Cyprien equalised with a penalty after 66 minutes.

France international Dimitri Payet scored the winner for Marseille seven minutes later with a spot-kick of his own.

Earlier in the evening, Lille returned to winning ways as Victor Osimhen netted in each half in a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Saint-Etienne.

Osimhen slotted Domagoj Bradaric's cross into the bottom corner to open the scoring eight minutes before the break and Jonathan Bamba doubled their lead with a second-half penalty - conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

Ligue 1 top scorer Osimhen completed his brace with his fourth goal from the opening three matches this season with 15 minutes remaining as Lille moved up to fourth.

The French Ligue 1 game between Nice and visitors Marseille was halted for several minutes during the first half on Wednesday after home fans unfurled two banners with homophobic messages.

One banner referred to Tuesday's takeover of the club by Britain's richest man, billionaire Jim Ratcliffe who is the owner of chemicals giant Ineos.

The banner displayed a play on words referring to the fact Ratcliffe also owns the Team Ineos cycling and using the term "pedale," which in French means "to pedal" in cycling but is also a derogatory term used to define gay people.

It read: "Welcome to the Ineos group: at Nice we also love to pedal."

Nice vs Marseille halted by homophobic banners

Another banner at the Allianz Riviera criticised French league authorities for approving more fenced off sections in the stands, saying it makes for "more gay" stadiums.

That was followed by sporadic chanting against the French league with an anti-gay slur.

Referee Clement Turpin interrupted the game midway through the first half - and play resumed about 10 minutes later. Marseille won the game 2-1.

Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien told broadcaster Canal Plus that halting the match was the wrong decision.

"We're not going to stop the game each time some morons do something," Cyprien said.

"I'm against all forms of discrimination, (whether it's) homophobia or racism, but you shouldn't stop the match for so little. It's ridiculous."

Summer signing Dario Benedetto opened his Marseille account just after the half-hour mark before Cyprien equalised with a penalty after 66 minutes.

France international Dimitri Payet scored the winner for Marseille seven minutes later with a spot-kick of his own.

Earlier in the evening, Lille returned to winning ways as Victor Osimhen netted in each half in a comfortable 3-0 home victory over Saint-Etienne.

Osimhen slotted Domagoj Bradaric's cross into the bottom corner to open the scoring eight minutes before the break and Jonathan Bamba doubled their lead with a second-half penalty - conceded by Mathieu Debuchy.

Ligue 1 top scorer Osimhen completed his brace with his fourth goal from the opening three matches this season with 15 minutes remaining as Lille moved up to fourth.

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