Ligue 1 match halted for 5 minutes after alleged racial abuse

Amiens’ Ligue 1 game at Dijon was halted for five minutes at the request of visiting defender Prince Gouano after he was allegedly racially abused.

The man who allegedly abused former France Under-20 player Gouano was identified by Dijon and later arrested.

The incident happened in the 78th minute of the 0-0 draw. The match did continue and finish.

“We are in the 21st Century, what happened is unacceptable,” 25-year-old Gouano said.

“I wanted to make a point when I asked to stop play. We are all equal. OK, there are colours but we’re all human beings. The watchword for me is love, you have to love your close ones. I just want to send a message of love.”

The French league, LFP, condemned the alleged abuse and backed Gouano.

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