Ligue 1: The Match Dijon-Amiens Interrupted a Few Minutes after Racist Cries

Ligue 1 football match Dijon and Amiens interrupted after racist chants

Prince Gouano, the captain of Amiens, was the victim of racist cries during the match against Dijon, Friday 12th April. The world of football condemns, the author was arrested.

After Italy and England, France: the match of Ligue 1 between Dijon and Amiens was interrupted several minutes Friday because of racist cries aimed at a black Amiens player, last manifestation of the racism which continues gangrenous the football in Europe .

This time, it was the defender and French captain of Amiens, Prince Gouano , who was victim in Dijon of “racist insults” condemned in the wake of the Professional Football League (LFP), which ensured the evening. even that it was going to “study the judicial consequences to be given” to these facts.

“This evening, the club of Dijon identified the author of the racist insults who was then arrested,” the LFP added in its statement, while the Disciplinary Committee “will seize the file” Wednesday.

“It’s over we play more”

On Friday night, after 77 minutes of play, Prince Gouano started to leave the field and to their left base:

“It’s over we play more, I bring my teammates, we enter the locker room.”

The players stopped playing and some, including Prince Gouano, went to talk to supporters Dijon before returning to the field.

After several minutes of hesitation and a discussion between the coaches of both teams, Antoine Kombouaré and Christophe Pélissier with the match referee Karim Abed, the latter asked the stadium announcer:

“Send the message well, if it reproduces we stop.”

“We are in the 21st century, it is inadmissible. That’s why I wanted to make a mark by asking to stop the match. We are all equal, we are all human beings, “Prince Gouano told beIN Sports at the end of the match.

Before developing in front of the press:

“I heard monkey sounds (…). I turned around and actually there was a gentleman looking in my direction and continuing.”

Monkey screams and “bomb setter”

Reacting to this incident, Amiens coach Christophe Pélissier said he hoped for sanctions “against the person who did that”.

The president of Dijon Olivier Delcourt specified that the club was going to make complaint “against the individual who made this thing inadmissible”. “What happened is very serious,” he insisted.

Amiens coach Christophe Pélissier during the L1 match in Angers on March 16, 2019.
Amiens coach Christophe Pélissier during the L1 match in Angers on March 16, 2019. (© AFP / Archives / Sebastien SALOM-GOMIS)

For his part, Dijon coach Antoine Kombouaré also called for sanctions against the “idiot who did that”. “We will have to find solutions, take action because it is no longer eligible,” said the technician from New Caledonia, who “it remembers bad memories.”

In the space of ten days, racist incidents, firmly rooted in long-standing football stadiums, have clouded many meetings in Europe.

The day before of Dijon-Amiens, the English teams of Liverpool and Chelsea had already condemned the remarks made Thursday by several supporters who had intoned a song in which the Egyptian superstar of the Reds, Mohamed Salah, was qualified as “bomb setter”.

The video was widely circulated on social media before Chelsea faced Slavia Prague in the Europa League. Three people identified on the video were denied access to the stadium.

Last week, French world champion Blaise Matuidi and young Italian international Moise Kean were the target of cries of monkey during the Juventus victory in Cagliari.

The two black players had finished the match exhausted by the cries descended from the stands, and the situation, recurring in the country, caused a new introspection in Italy.

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