Metz v Paris Saint-Germain temporarily suspended due to homophobic banner in the stands

The banner that caused the game to be delayed

On Wednesday, Nice vs Marseille was temporarily halted after a series of homophobic banners were displayed by the home team.

The game was 0-0 in the 27th minute when all of the players were instructed to leave the pitch.

After a delay of around 10 minutes, the players eventually retook to the pitch and continued playing.

"The referee was right to stop the match," Nice manager Patrick Vieira said after the game, per the BBC.

"These are unacceptable things. The message was clear, and the referee had no choice. He might have given us a little more time to try to go to the supporters and ask them to remove the banner - but he explained things that I understand very well."

"I hope that will not happen again, in Nice or [anywhere else]."

Referees in Ligue 1 have been instructed to stop games if there is any form of discrimination in the stands.

But, unfortunately, another game was halted in the French top tier today.

Paris Saint-Germain took the lead after 11 minutes when Angel di Maria converted from the penalty spot.

However10 minutes later the referee, Frank Schneider, felt the need to stop the game after a homophoic banner was unveiled by the home fans.

You can view the banner below:


It read, per Get French Football News: "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 game was only stopped for a matter of minutes but it's still disgraceful from the French fans involved.

There’s no room for homophobia - or any sort of discrimination - in football.

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