Ligue 1 game halted after Amiens defender Prince Gouano suffers alleged racial abuse at Dijon

A match in Ligue 1 was halted for several minutes on Friday night after Amiens defender Prince Gouano suffered alleged racial abuse at Dijon.

A man was arrested after the incident, which led to 25-year-old Gouano asking for play to be stopped in the closing stages of the 0-0 draw.

The league’s governing body, the Ligue de Football Professionnel, said in a statement: ‘The LFP condemns the racist insults that led to the temporary interruption of the meeting (between) Dijon FCO and Amiens SC. The LFP supports the player Prince Gouano.

‘On Wednesday, the disciplinary committee will (receive) the file. As early as tonight, the Dijon club identified the (person accused) of the racist insults who was later arrested.’

Gouano told Bein Sports: ‘We are in the 21st century, what happened is unacceptable.

‘I wanted to make a point when I asked to stop play. We are all equal. OK, there are colours, but we’re all human beings.

‘The watchword for me is love, you have to love your close ones. I just want to send a message of love.’

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