French federation going lenient over homophobic chants?


FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L) and French president of French football association (FFF) Noel Le ...
FIFA President Gianni Infantino (L) and French president of French football association (FFF) Noel Le Graet, shake hands in front of the trophy after the official start of the organization of the 2019 FIFA Women World Cup in France on September 19, 2017, in Paris. The competition, which runs from June 7 to July 7, 2019, will see the opening game at the Parc des Princes in Paris, while the semi-finals and the final will take place in Lyon. / AFP PHOTO .

In Summary

  • French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet said he wanted referees not to interrupt matches in case of homophobic chants, despite new rules introduced by the FFF this season that permit such interruptions. 
  • Several Ligue 1 matches have been briefly interrupted by referees this season because of homophobic chants in the stands, in accordance with new rules the FFF enforced this season.
  • The president does not have the authority to instruct referees to go against the new rules.

French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet said he wanted referees not to interrupt matches in case of homophobic chants, despite new rules introduced by the FFF this season that permit such interruptions.

“I would not stop the games – totally against this,” Le Graet told French radio France Info on Tuesday.

Asked if referees would follow his request in this weekend’s matches, Le Graet said: “I hope so.

“We will make sure there are no more (homophobic banners and chants). But stopping a game? – No.”

Several Ligue 1 matches have been briefly interrupted by referees this season because of homophobic chants in the stands, in accordance with new rules the FFF enforced this season.

The president does not have the authority to instruct referees to go against the new rules.

The rules were publicly supported by sports minister Roxana Maracineanu, who last week said she was “astonished” by previous comments from Le Graet that “too many matches” had been stopped because of incidents of homophobia.

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