A bunch combating homophobia in soccer has known as on the French league and Paris Saint-Germain to ask participant Idrissa Gueye for a proof after he missed a game final week amid experiences that he refused to play as a result of he didn’t need to put on a rainbow-colored quantity on the again of his jersey.
The Senegal midfielder travelled together with his teammates to Montpellier final weekend for Saturday’s French league game within the southern metropolis however didn’t play, with PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino citing “private causes” to justify his absence on the sector.
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For the second consecutive season, skilled golf equipment within the nation had been invited to label their gamers’ shirts with colored numbers utilizing the rainbow flag, the image of the LGBTQ motion.
In keeping with an individual with direct data of the incident, Gueye didn’t play as a result of he didn’t need to put on a rainbow-coloured quantity on the again of his shirt. The particular person spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the participant has not but commented publicly on the incident.
French radio RMC first reported on the explanation why Gueye skipped the match.
“Homophobia is just not an opinion however a criminal offense,” the group mentioned.
The case has change into a political difficulty in each Senegal and France.
The nation’s former prime minister Abdoul Mbaye additionally threw his assist behind Gueye, saying the PSG participant “is just not homophobic. He doesn’t need his picture for use to advertise homosexuality. Go away him alone.”
Gay relationships are thought-about a criminal offense in Senegal and might be punished with one to 5 years in jail.
“The gamers of a soccer membership, and people of PSG particularly, are identification figures for our younger individuals,” she wrote on Twitter. “They’ve an obligation to set an instance. A refusal by Idrissa Gana Gueye to affix the combat in opposition to homophobia couldn’t stay with out sanction!”
Homophobic chants, typically heard at French league matches, have been tolerated for a very long time by many membership officers, and soccer authorities have struggled to seek out the suitable methods of tackling the difficulty. The French league, nonetheless, launched an motion plan three years in the past permitting spectators to report sexist, homophobic or racist incidents they witness.