Soccer

Referee applauded for halting match because of fans' homophobic chanting

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu has congratulated a referee for interrupting a French second division game due to apparent homophobic chants from fans.

Mehdi Mokhtari stopped the game on Friday between French 2nd division teams

French referee Mehdi Mokhtari received plaudits last month when he stopped a French League match because of homophobic chants from fans. (AFP/Getty Images)

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu has congratulated a referee for interrupting a French second division game due to apparent homophobic chants from fans.

Mehdi Mokhtari stopped the game on Friday between Nancy and Le Mans for about a minute after an initial appeal made over the speakers to stop the chants failed to have an effect at Nancy's Marcel Picot Stadium. The game continued shortly afterward.

"It's a first. And a last, I hope," Maracineanu wrote on Twitter.

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