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Football boss clarifies comments after saying anti-gay chants are ‘folklore’

Football boss clarifies comments after saying anti-gay chants are ‘folklore’

An Altrincham FC player wears a jersey with a Pride flag design.

The French football league president has clarified her comments after saying homophobic chants were a part of ‘folklore’.

Nathalie Boy de la Tour said she ‘condemns all homophobic words’.

On 17 March, a league match between teams Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille was marred by homophobic chants by PSG fans.

Are homophobic chants part of football ‘folklore’?

Sports minister Roxana Maracineanu attended the game, saying she was appalled.

Asked to comment, Boy de la Tour said some football fans consider these chants as ‘folklore’.

‘I’m not excusing what happened,’ she said.

‘When it comes to homophobic chants, for many fans, it’s part of folklore. This is the reality. The majority of fans [chanting] don’t have the feeling they are hurting others. But I’m not telling you this is not serious. There is important work to do to educate people.’

SOS Homophobie, a French LGBTI rights group, condemned the comments.

‘To consider, like the LFP president does, that homophobic chants in football stadia are part of folklore tends to minimize and tolerate homophobia, the group tweeted.

French league ‘struggles’ to identify homophobic chants

The French league said it ‘struggles’ to identify homophobic chanters.

Antoine Mordacq, a police officer in charge of coordinating the fight against hooliganism, told The Associated Press he believes there has not been a single conviction related to an incident at a soccer stadium this season.

Marlène Schiappa, Secretary of State for Gender Equality, told France Info radio ‘homophobic chants are the beginning of a cycle that can lead to violence and that there are more homophobic assaults in the public space.’

Rouge Direct called on fans to send it videos of homophobic comments or chants so it can pass them on to the LFP.

‘We will help the LFP sanction the homophobic chants, which are punished by law,’ Rouge Direct said.

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