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Home / Football / PSG win at Metz after play stopped due to homophobic banner

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.

football Updated: Aug 31, 2019 02:49 IST
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PSG's players celebrate a goal in the first half of the French League One soccer match against Metz.
PSG's players celebrate a goal in the first half of the French League One soccer match against Metz.(AP)

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.

Metz's supporters hold banners with homophobic connotation
Metz's supporters hold banners with homophobic connotation ( AP )

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.