PSG win at Metz after play stopped due to homophobic banner
The champions took the lead in the 11th minute when Angel di Maria scored a penalty by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, having spurned a spot kick in last week’s 4-0 win over Toulouse.Updated: Aug 31, 2019 02:49 IST
Paris St Germain picked up a third win in four Ligue 1 games by beating Metz 2-0 away on Friday as yet another French game this season witnessed a homophobic incident which led to play being temporarily stopped.
The champions took the lead in the 11th minute when Angel di Maria scored a penalty by sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, having spurned a spot kick in last week’s 4-0 win over Toulouse.
Play was briefly halted by the referee midway through the first half for a few minutes due to a banner held up by the home supporters which was deemed to be homophobic.
It was the fourth such incident to occur in a French game this season after the French Football Federation pledged to crack down on homophobic chanting.
PSG’s Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting doubled the lead with a header shortly before halftime, his third goal in two league games this term after his brace against Toulouse.
The victory put PSG provisionally top of Ligue 1 on nine points ahead of the rest of the weekend fixtures. Metz have four points from their four matches so far.