French referees keep right to halt games for abusive chants

PARIS--- The French league insisted Wednesday that referees still have the right to stop matches in case of homophobic chanting, despite the national federation president urging them not to halt play. Referees were told by French football federation president Nol Le Grat on Tuesday to ignore a FIFA directive and no longer stop matches when there is homophobic chanting. In response, anti-discrimination groups urged Le Grat to resign. Several league games in France's top two divisions have been halted by referees this season. Representatives of anti-discrimination groups and French football fan groups met with the French league --- or LFP --- on Wednesday to discuss the matter...

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