Metz fans showed homophobic banners in the match between PSG and FC Metz on August 31
In the Ligue 1 game between PSG (Paris Saint-Germain’s) and FC Metz, Metz fans hold up homophobic banners.
The game between PSG and FC Metz was stopped for a few minutes due to this homophobic banners incident in French football.
In 20th minute of the match, referee paused the game after Metz fans held homophobic banners. All the players were taken off the field. After some time, the play was resumed by a referee.
On August 28, the same incident took place in the match between OGC Nice and Marseille. In the game between OGC Nice and Marseille match referee suspended the play for 10 minutes after the chants and display of homophobic banners by the fans.
A month ago, play in a Ligue 2 game between Le Mans and Nancy was also stopped due to a similar incident.
In the game between Metz and PSG, Metz fans displayed two banners at Stade Saint-Symphorien stadium. The first banner said, “PSG, LFP [Ligue 1], let me sing to you, to tell you to go fuck yourselves! I won’t be on TV, because my words are not very gay”.
A second banner referenced the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal. Qatar Sports Investments owned PSG.
In this season, it was the fourth incident when fans showed homophobic banners on the ground in a French League game. These incidents happened after the French Football Federation pledged to crack down on homophobic chanting.
PSG won the match by 2-0 with the help of goals by Argentina footballer Ángel Di María and Eric Maxim Choupo.