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Antoine Griezmann Insists Games Should Be Stopped if Racist or Homophobic Chanting Is Heard
90min
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:24

Antoine Griezmann Insists Games Should Be Stopped if Racist or Homophobic Chanting Is Heard

90min
Wed, 11 Sep 2019 18:24

​Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann has stated his support of the idea that matches should be stopped if racist or homophobic chanting from fans can be heard.

Antoine Griezmann Insists Games Should Be Stopped if Racist or Homophobic Chanting Is Heard

Racism in football has certainly spiked in recent weeks, whilst homophobia has also reared its ugly head. In France, Nices recent 2-1 defeat to Marseille saw numerous displays of homophobia from fans, which resulted in the game being halted on a number of occasions.
Speaking to ​RTL, Griezmann made his voice heard on the issue, insisting that governing bodies must continue to work to eradicate discrimination in football.
He said: "For me, its a good idea to stop the matches, whether for homophobic chants or racist chants. If we stop the matches, people will not be happy and they will stop doing it."
The idea of discrimination in French football has dominated headlines in recent weeks, largely due to comments made French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet.
Le Graet told ​Ouest France that games should absolutely be stopped if racist chanting can be heard, although he went on to suggest that the same action would be excessive for homophobic abuse.
He bizarrely insisted that homophobic abuse is not the same as racism, claiming that French football already stops too many games because of homophobia.
In France, a number of games in both Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 have been stopped to address either chanting or banners. However, Le Graet insisted that homophobia is a problem in the entirety of France, so to suggest there is a just a problem in football is, to him, ludicrous.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas also spoke on the issue (via ​France Info). Whilst Aulas did support the idea of stopping games, he echoed Le Graets call for such a measure to be used sparingly, although Aulas argument was that rival fans could look to exploit the rule to try and disrupt matches.
"We are generally able to protect ourselves from very serious incidents. However, when incidents, especially racism, go beyond a certain limit, we have always found solutions to punish those responsible," Aulas added.