Second Ligue 1 match in three days halted for homophobic banner

first_imgMetz’s meeting with Paris Saint-Germain became the latest Ligue 1 clash to be paused when home fans unfurled a banner sporting a homophobic message. The reigning league champions kicked off their fourth game of the 2019-20 on Friday after beginning the season with two wins and a defeat. And they enjoyed a positive start when Angel Di Maria fired them ahead after 11 minutes from the penalty spot.  Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Moments later, however, the action was ground to a halt due to an offensive missive spotted among Metz fans. “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 banner read, violating Ligue 1 regulations on homophobia in stadiums. As a result referee Frank Schneider stopped play until the offending words were removed from sight, causing a temporary interruption to proceedings. It is the second time in just three days that such a measure has been deemed necessary as the French top flight attempts to crack down on discrimination from fans with this zero tolerance policy. On Wednesday, Nice’s clash with Marseille was also held up while two homophobic signs appeared in the stands. Nice supportersA delay of around five minutes followed before the match got back under way, with Nice player Wylan Cyprien critical of the interruption.”We can’t stop a game every time that stupid people act like that,” Cyprian said to Canal+. “I am against every discrimination, homophobia or racism.”But we can’t stop games for that. It’s ridiculous.”Referees in France have been instructed to stop matches if homophobic banners are displayed, or homophobic chanting is heard, during the 2019-20 season.The Ligue 2 match between Nancy and Le Mans on August 16 was the first to be temporarily suspended, while a referee threatened to do the same during the meeting of Monaco and Nimes in the top flight on Sunday.And this latest infraction suggests that officials will be forced to act repeatedly in their efforts to enforce the message that such hate speech is not welcome in French football.last_img read more

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Make room for the brooms

Are you ready to rock? The Brock University Alumni Association will hold its annual Brock Rock curling bonspiel on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at the Niagara Falls Curling Club.This day will be fun for curlers of all skill levels. There are recreation and competitive divisions consisting of Brock graduates, faculty members, staff and students, who all compete for the Brock Rock trophy.This year, teams are encouraged to come dressed in costumes that reflect the theme of Brock memories. What memories do you have from Brock that can be brought back in costume? Team names are also essential!Curling bonspiel rules1. Teams consist of four players. At least two of the players must be Brock graduates or students. Due to the scoring method, there are no other requirements.2. Each game is four ends. If tied after four ends, one extra end will be played until a winner is determined.Please keep watch for registration – it will be opening soon! read more

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SLFPSLPP talks make progress MSMR to meet

Talks between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) made progress today and the party leaders are now set to meet for further discussions.The SLPP and SLFP held talks at the Opposition Leader’s Office in Colombo today. The SLPP was led by SLPP National Organizer Basil Rajapaksa at the talks while the SLFP was led by SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekera. Following the talks both sides said that there had been progress in the negotiations and the leaders of both parties, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena will meet next for further discussions. The SLPP has already picked former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as their Presidential candidate. (Colombo Gazette) The SLFP and SLPP have had several rounds of discussions in an attempt to reach a consensus to work together at future elections.However both sides have failed to agree on a Presidential candidate to contest the next election if they decide to work together. read more

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