Wednesday’s Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille was stopped for 10 minutes due to the referee seeing homophobic banners in the stands.
Clement Turpin halted the game 25 minutes in when a sign was held up in the Nice end, which resulted in the Marseille players walking off the Allianz Riviera pitch.
According to The Sun, one banner made reference to Ineos, the petrochemicals company founded by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who completed his takeover of Nice earlier this week.
A sign also used the word ‘pedale’, which translates to ‘pedal’ and is allegedly a derogatory term for a gay person.
Turpin was praised for his decision to stop the match.
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Marlene Schiappa, France’s gender equality minister, wrote on social media: “Congratulations to referee Clement Turpin, whose commitment to respect for football is known to have interrupted the match #OGCNOM #NiceOM, despite the fact that, despite several withdrawal requests, a homophobic banner dirtied the stands.
“Football is a matter of passion not hate.”
The match eventually restarted with Marseille going on to claim their first victory of the season, with Dimitri Payet scoring the winner from the penalty spot after Wylan Cyprien had earlier cancelled out Dario Benedetto’s opener.
Nice’s defeat was their first of the campaign and prevented them moving joint-top of the embryonic table.