PARIS – French Football Federation President Noel Le Graet told a radio station that he supported referees stopping matches in the event of racist chants – but not homophobic ones, in comments that drew criticism on Tuesday.
The FFF introduced new rules this season enabling referees to interrupt play in the event of any such incident.
"We will make sure there are no more (homophobic banners and chants). But stopping a game? – No," Le Graet told French radio France Info. "I would not stop the games – totally against this."
But he added that he would stop a game in the event of racist chants.
"I would stop a match if there are racist chants, that is clear," he said.