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Breaking: Ligue 1 match interrupted for five minutes due to racist chants

A Ligue 1 match between Dijon and Amiens was interrupted for a total of five minutes on Friday, after the Amiens captain, Prince Gouano, was subject to racist chants from the home crowd.

In a post on Amiens' official Twitter page, the club stated, "Full support to our captain Prince Gouano. Racism has no place in a football stadium."

The game, which eventually ended in a 0-0 draw, was interrupted in the 78th minute, as the Dijon home supporters in the Stade Gaston Gerard were apparently aiming racist chants towards the Amiens captain.

The Dijon captain defended his opposing captain after the match, saying that "The racist monkey chants? We are in the 21st century, it is unacceptable. I asked the referee to stop the match. We are all equal. Yes, people are of different colours. But above all that, we are all human beings."

The behaviour was condemned by French football's governing body (LFP), as they confirmed that the one that was shouting the racist chants was identified and immediately arrested.

Speaking out, the LFP stated that "The LFP fully supports Prince Guano. The Disciplinary Committee will meet on Wednesday to review the incident."

This was another incident involving racism in football, with ones involving Kalidou Koulibaly and another featuring Moise Kean stealing the headlines earlier on this season.

Dijon are currently third from bottom, with six points separating them from the positions that are safe from relegation, whilst Amiens are seven points above Dijon in 15th place.


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