Amiens SC central defender Prince Gouano was subjected to suspected racial abuse tonight during a Ligue 1 encounter with Dijon, which ended 0-0.
The incident occurred in the 79th minute of the match and led to the captain of the Picardy side, Gouano, asking the referee to stop the match. The game was suspended for 7 minutes before all 22 players, the referee and the two coaches agreed to call the match off a second incident occurred. The match thankfully finished without further incident.
Gouano had the following to say to BeIN Sports after the match:
“We came here to get a result, which is job done with the 7th match in a row without defeat for us. It shows our attacking and defensive solidity. We have to take that from this. The racist monkey chants? We are in the 21st century, it is unacceptable… I asked the referee to stop the match. We are all equal. Yes, people are of different colours. But above all that, we are all human beings. We have to love each other, the people around us, something that was not done tonight. But I am not angry at the fans, mistakes are human. That is why after this match, I went to applaud them, in an attempt to spread my message of love.”
Dijon striker Benjamin Jeannot added:
“We did not hear the shouts but if they happened, of course we totally support the cause, like Matuidi at Juventus when they wanted to stop the match. I find that to be normal. If he heard them, I believe in him. I support him wholeheartedly.”