French football is going against homophobia

NARBONNE, FRANCE - MARCH 20: Yanis Begraoui of France U18 celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a friendly match between France U18 and Germany U18 at Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie on March 20, 2019 in Narbonne, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for DFB)
NARBONNE, FRANCE - MARCH 20: Yanis Begraoui of France U18 celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during a friendly match between France U18 and Germany U18 at Parc des Sports et de l'Amitie on March 20, 2019 in Narbonne, France. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images for DFB)

The Ligue 1 is preparing a system that will pave a way for judicial sanction against abusive fans in the competition’s stadiums.

The French football league, Ligue 1, is preparing an action plan to go against homophobia in its stadiums, paving a way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans.

“The LICRA will be able to start the appropriate judicial procedures,” Ligue 1 president Nathalie Boy de la Tour told Sky Sports.

“And it will also give a basis to work with to our disciplinary commission.”

“Never had we seen such an important financial sanction,” Boy de la Tour added.

“If qualified as homophobic, they can be punished with a 22,500 euro (£19,500) fine and six months in prison,” Frederic Potier, the French government’s special representative on racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination said.

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The league is preparing a short movie to be aired in the stadiums before matches and on social networks with the slogan “Homo or Hetero, we all share the same shirt.”

Yoann Lemaire, who made a documentary on homosexuality in football, also talked about this debate.

“Even just to say that it would not be a problem to play alongside a gay player,” Lemaire said.

“And when the player is OK to speak, their agents or clubs stop them from doing so to soften their communication.”

“I know some very well-known PSG players who prefer not to speak, by fear of being stigmatized,” he concluded.

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