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From Ian Holyman
The Ligue 1 Podcast, producer
Warning: This article includes language some readers may find offensive.
It was a moment that has changed the face of French football.
Referee Mehdi Mokhtari stopped play at the Ligue 2 game at Nancy August not for a filthy, but for homophobic abuse from the home fans, that rang about the half hour mark.
The goal wasn’t that evening’s opponents but rather Metz, who will be Nancy’s Ligue 1 acquaintances in the Lorraine area.
A scene announcement for fans to quit using the non -“les Messins, les messins, c’est des pedes”, that translates as”people from Metz, people from Metz, they are faggots” – went unheeded.
So Mokhtari took action, stopping the match for some 60 minutes.
“It’s an original,” France’s Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu submitted on interpersonal networking. “And the last, I hope.”
Her desire has not been granted.
Up to now, the LFP, the Soccer League is investigating 18 matches. Several games have been disrupted, including the game on the Brest-Reims encounter and 28 August four days before. Some top-flight nightclubs, such as Lille and Marseille, have been given a dressing down for the behavior of their fans.
Maracineanu is in the core of the initiative. In a Paris St-Germain v Marseille game last April, she was horrified by insults aimed by PSG fans at their most bitter rivals.
“It is simply inadmissible to listen to the chants I noticed,” she explained. “I really don’t see why we’d let us to do things within a scene we would not do elsewhere.”
Consequently, referees were taught to halt games this year if such incidents occur. “Everything that’s happening now has been planned quite a while before the Union spoke,” stated Bertrand Lambert, president of this anti-homophobia institution PanamBoyz & Girlz, but he acknowledged Maracineanu’s words were”an electrical jolt”.
They got the ball rolling, however, soccer is fractured through which way it has got kicked.
“Why are we being phased out today if we’ve been singing it for 20 decades?” Said Jean-Michel Goncalves, a top Nancy supporters’ association figure. “We have got nothing against homosexuals. If we insult Metz, it is about tradition” Nathalie Boy de la Tour, the LFP presidentdid not condone the songs, but struck a chord with lovers when she explained:”Most don’t think they’re hurting anybody.”
In a recent poll 61 percent of supporters echoed that view.
France isn’t alone. In 2016, Cristiano Ronaldo – subsequently at Real Madrid – was advised to”come out of the closet” by a few Barcelona fans. The new Diego Maradona film indicates the Argentina legend teaching his young daughter to mention a homophobic term to Napoli’s Serie A rivals from the late 1980s, and Mexico fans achieved notoriety in the 2018 World Cup at Russia for predicting resistance goalkeepers male prostitutes if they shot goal-kicks.
“To telephone your competition homosexual is unquestionably along a spectrum of machismo, whereby your opponent is poorer – not as manly,” Joshua Nadel, author of Futbol! : Why Soccer Matters in Latin America, told the Guardian.
Maracineanu’s reaction mirrors that the sea change in social attitudes which produce these chants okay within stadiums when they have long been frowned upon outside them, although it may be a part of football folklore in language countries.
However, her clear vision of what is wrong loses focus when it comes to the question of how to set it right.
“It’s not up for me to find solutions,” she said recently, but proposed in L’Equipe earlier this week a record of homophobic words should be drawn up to give soccer government a clearer image of exactly what constitutes these abuse.
“I am not really at ease with this idea of a pre-defined record,” countered Frederic Potier, Inter-ministerial Delegate for the Fight against Racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT. “Forbidding everything immediately will be stupid and could turn against us” added Yoann Lemaire, president of the Foot Ensemble (Football Together) association.
Opinions are as diverse among those on the pitch.
Good midfielder Wylan Cyprien said it was”absurd” to prevent games”for so little,” asserting the chants have been”not geared toward homosexual people”. His manager, Patrick Vieira, believed referee Clement Turpin was”entirely right” to halt the game with Marseille, a view shared by OM captain Steve Mandanda, who stated:”You need to make a stand and it quits.”
The problem is the stand of the LFP.
The Piantoni stand in the floor of Nancy was shut for a single match thus far.
Should they go dock and farther teams points?
“I don’t believe so,” said Lille trainer Christophe Galtier. “Why would you like to punish players that are neither indifferent nor homophobic since there is one, 10, or 100 individuals who have racist or homophobic responses in the racks?”
Together with all the onus on referees to prevent matches with no apparent guidelines, inconsistencies are just and numerous fuelled fans’ anger and confusion. A meeting had been expected to take place on Thursday, but has been pushed back by supporters’ groups, who wish to take into account the issue internally.
The general disposition, however, is favorable.
“We will need to have important rules which are applied everywhere and for everybody,” said Lambert. “However, for that, we will need to speak to each other, away from the cameras and with no politics. I’m optimistic, we’ll arrive.”
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