The Ligue 1 match between Good and Marseille was halted for 10 minutes in the course of the first half by referee Clement Turpin, with gamers escorted off the pitch at Good’s Allianz Riviera stadium.
The opposite appeared to confer with Good’s new proprietor, British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, who accomplished a takeover reported to be price about $100 million Tuesday. Ratcliffe additionally owns the Workforce Ineos biking outfit. The banner used a play on phrases with the phrase “pedale,” which interprets as “pedal” in French however can also be used as a homophobic slur.
“The referee was proper to cease the match,” stated Good supervisor Patrick Vieira, in a press convention after the sport.
“These items are unacceptable. The message was clear, and the referee did not have a alternative. He may have possibly given us a bit extra time to go and see the supporters and to ask them to take away the banner. However he defined issues to me that I absolutely perceive.
“He did not have a alternative, and I feel that he made the appropriate choice. I hope that this may not occur once more, in Good or in any stadium.”
Gamers finally returned to the pitch, with Marseille beating the hosts 2-1.
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‘Ardour not hate’
Referees in France have been given new powers to cease matches if homophobic habits persists.
Earlier in August, a match in France’s second tier between Nancy and Le Mans was additionally suspended after supporters sung homophobic songs.
France’s gender equality minister Marlene Schiappa praised Wednesday’s match official for his decisive actions.
“Soccer is a matter of ardour not hate.”