PSG’s Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye did not want to wear a shirt with the color of the LGTBI + flag, which the team used in their matches against Montpellier in Ligue 1.
Last Saturday PSG beat the 4-0 Montpellier by the penultimate date of Ligue 1the occasion when the Parisian team wore a shirt with LGBT + colors.
The raincoat was worn on the occasion of World Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Day on Tuesday, May 17th.
But one of the players is PSG, Senegal Idrissa Gueye, he refused to wear the shirt, so he left the squad at the last minute.
According to Le Parisien, the reason for his decision relates “to his religious convictions.” The media even claimed that his refusal “confused and saddened several teammates on the PSG tour.”
Later, coach Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged that Gueye had no physical problems and that he left the payroll, which he was originally on, for “a personal reason.”
The club’s sources told EFE: “The club and its players, including its stars, are very proud to wear this shirt. This is an issue that will be resolved internally.”
The truth is that Gueye had already skipped a game last season in which PSG wore a similar shirt, complaining of abdominal pain.
Reactions have spread in France, including the president of the Île-de-France region, Valérie Pécresse: “Players of a football club, and those of PSG in particular, are the identifying figures for our youth. They have a duty to set an example. Refusing Idrissa Ghana Gueye to join the fight against homophobia cannot go unnoticed!” .
The Rouge Direct Sports Homophobia Association also spoke: “Homophobia is not an opinion but a crime. The LFP (League) and PSG must ask Ghana Gueye for an explanation and very quickly. And sanction it if necessary.”
Finally, Eric Arassus, president of the LGBT + Sports Federation, said: “He is an excellent player, we recognize him, but we can say that homophobia is a denial of sport. All players involved except him, he should be sanctioned. When we see a player invent various excuses, such as pseudo gastroenteritis, we realize that it is homophobia, which the club and the League let go. Today, the law punishes homophobia. “