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Amiens captain subjected to racist abuse in French league

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PARIS (AP) Amiens’ French league game at Dijon was temporarily halted on Friday after the visiting side’s captain Prince-Desir Gouano was subjected to alleged racist insults.

“We’re in the 21st century. It’s unacceptable. I want to convey a message that is love, that’s all,” Gouano told broadcaster Bein Sports.

The 0-0 draw was stopped for five minutes toward the end when Gouano, who is black, appeared to be targeted.

Amiens said on Twitter, “The players will restart but will stop playing if it continues. Total support to our captain Prince Gouano. Racism has no place in a football stadium.”

The French league (LFP) said in a statement that it condemned the racist insults and that it was supporting Gouano.

“The disciplinary committee will receive the file. This evening, the Dijon club identified the perpetrator of the racist insults who was subsequently arrested,” the LFP said.

The draw kept Amiens seven points clear of Dijon, which is third from the bottom in the relegation zone with six rounds remaining.

Nantes was hosting Lyon in the late game on Friday.