Homophobic Chants Overshadow PSG’s Victory Over Marseille: An In-depth Look
Controversial Chants Ignite Disciplinary Actions
The recent football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Olympique de Marseille (OM) was marred by offensive chants from the stands, despite the absence of such incidents in the official match report by Referee Willy Delajod. The referee’s report was solely concentrated on the conduct on the field, but the match delegate supplemented his report with video evidence illustrating insulting chants from the spectators.
The matter is expected to fall under the purview of the French Professional Football League’s (LFP) disciplinary committee. This committee will review the reports from the match delegate and the referee. It is likely that they will summon PSG management for a hearing, possibly on October 4th.
The Legal Framework and Potential Punishments
According to Article 2 of the LFP’s disciplinary regulations, the home club is accountable for ensuring the safety and proper conduct of the match, including actions committed by spectators. With extensive video evidence of many individuals engaging in insulting and homophobic chants, the disciplinary committee might impose a collective punishment like closing the stands.
However, the disciplinary committee does not have the power to individually punish spectators. Identification of the offenders (using video surveillance) and individual punishments fall under the jurisdiction of PSG, with the support of public authorities, which can ban a spectator from the stadium.
Public Reactions and Beyond
The incident has sparked a public outcry, with many calling for decisive action against the offensive chants. In a related commentary, Thibaud Leplat opined that automatic punishments might not necessarily be the solution to homophobic chants at Parc. He suggests that a more nuanced approach might be more effective in addressing the issue.
PSG, on their part, have condemned all forms of discrimination, stating that they have no place in stadiums or society. They expressed their commitment to work with leading associations in the fight against discrimination, such as SOS Homophobia, Sportitude, SOS Racisme, and Licra, promoting prevention within training and pre-training centers.
A Dark Cloud Over the Game
Despite PSG’s dominant 4-0 victory over OM, the match’s atmosphere was tarnished by the offensive chants from the stands. The incident underscores the ongoing struggle to curb discriminatory and offensive behavior in sports, particularly in football. It also highlights the need for clubs, organizers, and authorities to collaborate more effectively in ensuring a respectful and inclusive environment for all.
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