France is shocked. Harsh anti-gay chants by some Paris Saint-Germain fans targeting the players of hated rivals Marseille in Sunday's 0-4 victory have once again damaged the biggest game in French football, prompting calls for sanctions.
Olivier Klein, the French government's representative for the fight against racism, anti-Semitism and LGBT hatred, posted a video of PSG fans using insulting slurs against gays directed at their Marseille opponents. "I am shocked by the intolerable anti-gay songs heard at the Parc des Princes," Klein wrote on Twitter. He added that he would ask PSG and the French league authorities to impose sanctions, and would explore the possibility of initiating legal proceedings that would include prison sentences. In another video, several PSG players were seen using insults directed at Marseille fans as they celebrated with their fans at the end of the match.
PSG have moved to condemn homophobia after chants were heard from fans during Sunday's game against Marseille.
Chants were heard from a section of the home support at the Parc des Princes during the 4-0 win.
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French Sports Minister Amelie Odeh-Castres joined the criticism of the fans. She said the disciplinary committee of the French Federation would look into the case and urged PSG to file a legal complaint in order to "identify the perpetrators and prosecute them, so that they can be removed from the stadiums. It is unthinkable to remain deaf to hate and anti-gay chants in our stands," she said. "Those chants spoiled the party in the park. We need to eradicate it from our stadiums. urgently."
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