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Soccer. Ligue 1: investigation opened after homophobic banners in Montpellier



An investigation was opened on Monday by the Montpellier prosecutor’s office the day after homophobic banners brandished by ultras from the city’s football club during an L1 match. This investigation was opened for “public insults on the grounds of sexual orientation”, “introduction, possession and use of rockets or fireworks in a sports arena” and “throw of a projectile presenting a danger to the safety of persons”, said the Montpellier prosecutor’s office in a press release at midday.

Oudéa-Castéra wants sanctions

In the morning, the Minister of Sports had expressed on Twitter her condemnation “the strongest of these images, of these words, of these homophobic acts which must disappear from the enclosures of football and sport”. “Their perpetrators must be identified, punished and kept permanently away from the stadiums”, added Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, reproducing photos taken at the Mosson stadium at the start of the match of the 19th day of L1 between the MHSC and FC Nantes.

The incriminated banners were deployed by the ultras of the Hérault club, who intended to protest against the catastrophic results of their team, beaten 6-1 four days earlier in Nice and close to the relegation zone. Two of them read “Fag Squad” and “Fuck You Y’all.”

The club condemns “with the greatest firmness”

After this action, the Montpellier ultras deserted their stands during the first 15 minutes of the match, before returning and throwing smoke bombs on the lawn, causing an interruption of play. All these incidents will be studied at the next meeting of the commission. discipline of the Professional Football League (LFP), scheduled for Wednesday, we learned from the LFP.

In a press release, the Montpellier club, chaired by Laurent Nicollin, condemned “with the greatest firmness the homophobic remarks made on certain banners”. “This kind of talk cannot be tolerated” despite the “complicated sporting context”, he added. The MHSC specified that it intended to search for those responsible itself: “Investigations are underway and complaints will be lodged if necessary”.



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