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Call for sanctions as homophobic chants again overshadow French soccer’s biggest game

  • Fans of Paris Saint-Germain displayed homophobic chanting during a match against Marseille, prompting criticism from officials. The inter-ministerial delegate for the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBTQ+ hatred expressed shock at the offensive slurs directed at Marseille. The French sports minister called for legal action to identify and remove the perpetrators from stadiums, emphasizing the need to address such hate speech.
  • In addition to homophobic chanting, PSG players were caught using insults aimed at Marseille supporters while celebrating with young fans after the match. This further highlights the issue of inappropriate behavior within football.
  • Efforts have been made to address discrimination in French football, including the launch of an action plan by the French league that allows spectators to report incidents of discrimination. However, homophobic chants have long been tolerated, posing a challenge for authorities in combating this issue.
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