SCAN SPORT – The captains of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 teams as well as the referees will wear armbands in the colors of the LGTB community to join the World Day Against Homophobia.

The Professional Football League has decided to join the World Day against Homophobia scheduled Friday, May 17 on the occasion of the 37th day of Ligue 1 and the 38th of Ligue 2. In solidarity with the LGTB community ( Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender), team captains, coaches, match delegates and referees will all wear rainbow armbands, emblematic of the LGBT community. In 2014 and 2016, the L1 and L2 players had worn laces with these colors. Several professional clubs have also decided to change their logo for this cause.

But the support of French football is not limited to these good symbolic intentions against discrimination on the ground. Fighting homophobia "does not mean simply sending a press release when things go wrong, fighting is finding and above all setting up a complete system (…) to permanently eradicate" the negative attitude "of a few individuals, "Nathalie Boy de la Tour, president of the LFP, told the press.

A report card to report a homophobic act in a stadium

The Professional Football League (LFP) has therefore announced a real "action plan" to fight homophobia in stadiums. In collaboration with several associations such as SOS Homophobia, Foot Ensemble, PanamBoyz United and DILCRA, a report card will allow any spectator to report "a discriminating act or insult, whether racist, sexist or homophobic According to its president.

A repressive component

This action plan will also include a repressive component. "At some point (it is necessary) to know whistle the end of the recreation and to pronounce sanctions against those who continue to rot the atmosphere in the stadiums", where one still hears "fags or enc … permanently" , pleaded Bertrand Lambert, president of PanamBoyz & Girlz United, an "inclusive" Parisian football club.

In May, the disciplinary committee of the LFP imposed a fine of 10,000 euros to the club of Grenoble (L2) for an "insulting banner", while Lens (L2) was sanctioned by a private session suspended for "Homophobic songs" and a 50,000 euro fine, a record amount. "These fines do not fall into the void, they serve to do prevention work behind", including funding training for fans, said Lambert.

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