Marseille beat Nice 2-1 amid homophobic chants

Nine-time Ligue 1 champions Marseille celebrated a 2-1 derby win over Nice on Wednesday in a match that was postponed in the first half when homophobic banners were unfurled by the home side’s supporters.

Dario Benedetto’s 31th-minute goal gave Marseille the lead, and while Wylan Cyprien equalized through a penalty for Nice in the 65th minute, the visitors wrapped a 2-1 win seven minutes later thanks to a penalty from midfielder Dimitri Payet.

This was Marseille’s first victory under new head coach Andre Villas-Boas, though it was marred by a section of Nice fans chanting homophobic abuse towards Marseille, with players from both teams escorted from the pitch in the 28th minute before returning five minutes later.

Fans also unfurled homophobic banners, including one which called Marseille an “LGBT club”.

Villas-Boas said referee Clement Turpin “did the right thing in stopping the match”, adding that the abuse was “above all a societal problem”, while Nice coach Patrick Vieira said Turpin was “absolutely right to interrupt” proceedings.