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Prince Gouano halts Ligue 1 game after racial abuse

Amiens captain Prince Gouano

Last night’s Ligue 1 fixture between Dijon and Amiens was halted for five minutes at the request of visiting captain Prince Gouano after he was allegedly racially abused.

The incident happened in the 78th minute of the game and the man who allegedly abused Gouano was identified by Dijon and later arrested.

Speaking to Bein Sports, the former France Under-20 player said: "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."

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.”

Amiens said on Twitter: “Full support to our captain Prince Gouano. Racism has no place in a football stadium.”

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