Homophobic chanting should not stop games, says French Football Federation head Noel Le Graet


French Soccer Federation president Noel Le Graet says he does not need referees to disrupt matches if there are chants, even though new rules this season that allow interruptions.
Ligue 1 games in Metz and Nice were stopped in just a week of each other last month after banner ads were seen from the audience.
A Ligue 2 match between Nancy and Le Mans was stopped before in August however believes interrupting drama is marginal.
“I wouldn’t stop the games – totally against that,” Le Graet told French radio station France Info on Tuesday.
The French football league set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadium together with Ligue 1 president matches could be stopped by Nathalie Boy de la Tour, in May.
Asked if referees would follow his request in this weekend’s games,” Le Graet said:”I hope so.
“We shall make sure that there aren’t any longer (homophobic banners and chants). But quitting a game? – No.”
The president does not have the authority to teach referees to go against the rules that are new.
Addressing the fans responsible of this sinking, Le Graet added:”Do not come to the arena with banners, it is as straightforward as that.
“You can support your team, but [homophobia is] completely wrong morally.”
The rules were publicly supported by French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu, who last week said she had been”amazed” by previous comments from Le Graet that”too many matches” had been stopped due to episodes of homophobia.

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