PARIS: French league players took the law into their own hands tonight when Dijon’s Ligue 1 game against visiting Amiens was halted for five minutes after the teams refused to play on after racist abuse was aimed at French defender Prince Gouano.

He said later: “We are in the 21st century, what happened is unacceptable. I wanted wanted to make a point when I asked to stop play. We are all equal.”

Amiens, in a statement on Twitter, said: “Full support to our captain Prince Gouano. Racism has no place in a football stadium.”

The French League (LFP) said in a statement that Dijon had identified a man who abused Gouano and that he had been arrested.

The LFP added that its disciplinary commission would look into the case on Wednesday.

The match eventually resumed and ended in a 0-0 draw. Dijon are third from bottom, six points from the safety zone, while Amiens are seven points above them in 15th place.