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Nice v Marseille Ligue 1 match is interrupted after homophobic fan banners

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35   //    30 Aug 2019, 13:36 IST

The French Ligue 1 game between Nice and Marseille was halted for several minutes on Wednesday after Nice fans unfurled two banners with homophobic messages.

One banner referred to Tuesday's takeover of Nice by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

The banner displayed a play on words referring to the fact Ratcliffe also owns the Team Ineos cycling and using the term "pedale," which in French means "to pedal" in cycling, but is also a derogatory term used to define gay people.

It read: "Welcome to the Ineos group: at Nice we also love to pedal."

Another banner at the Allianz Riviera criticized French league authorities for approving more fenced off sections in the stands, saying it makes for "more gay" stadiums.

That was followed by sporadic chanting against the French league - or LFP - with an anti-gay slur.

Referee Clement Turpin interrupted the game midway through the first half - and play resumed about 10 minutes later.

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