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This is the new chapter of a season that has been particularly problematic and troubled in French football: Idrissa Gueye, PSG player, refused to wear a shirt with the colors of the LGBTQ+ flag as part of a Ligue 1 initiative against homophobia.
The 32-year-old Senegal-born midfielder was not in the squad for PSG’s game against Montpellier last Saturday, where the French champions battled it out – with coach Mauricio Pochettino, to refuse any injury or disciplinary sanction and to invoke “a personal reason” to justify that the player watched the match from the stand. Now, Franceinfo ensures that the absence of Gueye was linked to the fact that the midfielder refused to play in a jersey whose numbers on the back were painted in the colors of the rainbow.
???? As part of the World Day Against Homophobia on May 17, the #League 1 mobilizes. The Parisian jerseys take up the rainbow flag, symbol of peace, diversity and symbol par excellence of the LGBT movement.#MHSCPSG pic.twitter.com/TdFU7f2zZj
— Paris Saint Germain (@PSG_inside) May 14, 2022
The initiative, extended to all Ligue 1 clubs, aimed to mark the World Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, this Tuesday, May 17. According to the French press, Gueye’s refusal could be linked to religious beliefs linked to the fact that he is a Muslim, although the decision was greeted with “sadness” by several PSG teammates. Last season, curiously, the Senegalese also missed the match in which the Parisians played with a similar jersey due to the same initiative — at the time, the club claimed the player was suffering from gastroenteritis.
Valérie Pécresse, the mayor of the Île-de-France region, where Paris is located, has already called for consequences on Gueye’s attitude. “Footballers, and those of PSG in particular, are identity figures for our young people. They must lead by example. Idrissa Gueye’s refusal to join the fight against homophobia cannot go unpunished! said, in a reflection joined by Eric Arassus, president of the French Federation of LGBT + sports.
“He is an excellent player, we recognize that, but religion should not be questioned in sport. You could say that homophobia is denial in sport. All the players participated except him… Should be sanctioned. When we see a player invoke various excuses, such as pseudo-gastroenteritis, we realize that it is homophobia. And that the club and the league let it happen. Nowadays, being homophobic is punishable by law,” the leader told RMC Sport.
Idrissa Gueye he has not been at PSG since 2019 and has already won two championships, two Coupes de France and a Coupe de la Ligue, having also reached the Champions League final in 2019/20. Previously, the Senegalese international – he was part of the team that won the last AFCON – represented Lille, Aston Villa and Everton.