The Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille on Wednesday was paused after homophobic banners were displayed.Two signs including homophobic language were seen in the crowd at Allianz Riviera, leading referee Clement Turpin to stop the game.A delay of around five minutes followed before the match got back under way, with Nice player Wylan Cyprien critical of the interruption. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “We can’t stop a game every time that stupid people act like that,” he said to Canal+. “I am against every discrimination, homophobia or racism.”But we can’t stop games for that. It’s ridiculous.”Referees in France have been instructed to stop matches if homophobic banners are displayed, or homophobic chanting is heard, during the 2019-20 season.The Ligue 2 match between Nancy and Le Mans on August 16 was the first to be temporarily suspended, while a referee threatened to do the same during the meeting of Monaco and Nimes in the top flight on Sunday.The controversy at Nice came in the week British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe completed his long-awaited takeover. Ratcliffe is the president of petrochemicals company INEOS, which this year bought the cycling outfit formerly known as Team Sky.INEOS already owns Swiss Challenge League side Lausanne Sport, which it acquired in November 2017, and the company will remain on as Nice’s main sponsor for the 2019-20 season.The club lost their first match of the campaign on Wednesday, with Marseille finishing as 2-1 winners away from home.Marseille originally took the lead in the first half on a goal from Dario Benedetto before Cyprien levelled the match from the spot in the 66th minute.However, a Dimitri Payet penalty in the 73rd minute sealed the match for Marseille, who picked up the club’s first win of the season having amassed one point from their first two matches.Next up for Nice is a visit to Rennes on Sunday while Marseille visit Saint-Etienne on Sunday as well.
The people who are among the first to offer compassion and assistance to Atlantic Canadians in emergency situations are meeting Tuesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Halifax. More than 100 call-takers and 911 service managers from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador are attending the 2008 Atlantic 911 Conference, hosted by the Emergency Management Office (EMO). “Call-takers at 911 centres are the point of first contact for individuals in times of crisis,” said Emergency Management Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “The calm, caring service they provide helps save countless lives every year.” The conference participants will share best practices and take part in professional development workshops at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront. “This is a great opportunity for us to learn from one another and from international experts who are delivering some of the key presentations on our agenda,” said Mike Myette, EMO’s director of emergency services and 911. When Nova Scotians dial 911 from a landline or cellphone, the call is answered at one of four centres throughout the province. The call-taker collects vital information, including the nature of the emergency and location, and then connects the call to the appropriate response agency, such as police, fire or ambulance. Nova Scotia’s four 911 call centres in Dartmouth, Sydney, Truro and Kentville, employ 165 call-takers, who handle about 170,000 calls per year. The Emergency Management Office is responsible for delivering the provincewide 911 emergency reporting service. The full conference agenda is posted on the EMO website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo. Media planning to attend are asked to contact Jodi Sibley at the information below.