The French and European football authorities are still doing too little to fight against homophobia, deplore experts from the Jean Jaurès Foundation and Julien Pontes, the Red Direct collective, in a forum at the "World".
Tribune. Friday 17 May is the World Day Against Homophobia. Yet, while this discrimination remains abject and deplorable, that it is subjected to a sentence of one year of imprisonment and up to 45 000 euros of fine, it is still too little condemned.
A recent study by the Jean Jaurès Foundation included a banalization and an increase in insults and threats. In 2018, they even doubled.
And, as society goes wrong, football, the country's most popular sport, would seem to be doing nothing against that. Worse, in this sport, homophobia would become folklore, the lambda vocabulary used in everyday language, a simple tool in the service of a verbal game.
But what is this universe where treating a player, a referee or a supporter of "dirty homo" would be common? Where would these qualifiers fit simply into a warlike, combative and particularly heteronormed semantics? In other words, "fagot" would be only a synonym for weak, passive?
Eight signatory clubs
Yes, football trivializes homophobia, does not act enough to make it disappear from the speakers. Education, prevention or repression are still too weak. But fans to the authorities forget that the insult directly affects an entire community, that stigmatize and blame men and women for their sexual preferences alone.
It is time to end this simplification, this discrimination. And the means exist and are numerous.
There is no hierarchy in insult. Like racism or anti-Semitism, homophobia remains reprehensible
Yes, the professional football league has tried and is still trying to stop it. In 2008, the charter against homophobia Paris Foot Gay had been drafted. It will have finally been signed by only eight clubs out of the forty-four professional teams of the Hexagon. This year, the League has unveiled an action plan to fight against homophobia that revolves around flagship measures, in collaboration with several associations.
Yes, actions have been carried out for about twenty years. From now on, clubs will wear rainbow laces on a championship day, a symbol of the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bi, trans), and messages of respect are being issued at the beginning of the game.