The football authority in France (IFL) have banned four players from Paris Saint Germain (PSG) for getting involved in an Anti-Gay chant.
The four players involved are Randal Kolo Muani, Ousmane Dembele, Achraf Hakimi, and Layvin Kurzawa. They have all been given a match ban over the chant.
The incident happened on September 24, 2023, after PSG defeated their arc-rivals Marseille 4-0 in a Ligue 1 game. After the game, the aforementioned players joined PSG Ultras to sing Anti-Gay chants to mock Marseille.
A French publication, L’Equipe, claimed that the players were also involved in using abusive language while celebrating the victory.
Hence, they have been banned from playing one league game and their second match ban has been suspended.
Aside from the one-match ban slammed on the PSG players, a part of the club’s Parc Des Princes, Auteuil stand, has been slammed with two games closure one of which is suspended. This means that fans won’t be allowed to occupy that part of the stadium starting from October 10.
In a statement released earlier today, October 6, PSG said, “The club regrets that the Disciplinary Commission has opted for an excessive and collective measure, likely to undermine the work of dialogue and prevention undertaken by the Club with associations, institutions and fans”.
The club however announced that they won’t file an appeal for the punishment which means that the players are likely to miss PSG’s league game against Strasbourg on October 21.