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Gueye was called up, traveled with the team to the city of Montpellier, but then refused to play
Idrissa Gueye’s absence from PSG’s game against Montpellier may, after all, have a reason beyond the technical option, injury or possible suspension. It was according to French radio RMC on Monday that the Senegalese midfielder of the Parisian team refused to play with the jersey with which PSG played, a version which aimed to draw attention to the fight against homophobia and in support of the LGBT cause. . An initiative that extended to all Ligue 1 matches on the last day.
According to RMC, Gueye was called up, traveled with the team to the city of Montpellier, but then refused to play. At the time, commenting on the absence, coach Maurício Poquettino said. “Did not play due to personal issues. He is not injured.” The Senegalese player, 32, is, let’s remember, Muslim and in some countries homosexuality is even illegal.
However, as one might expect, the case aroused enormous controversy in France. Eric Arassus, president of the LGBT+ sports federation even demands that Gueye be sanctioned. “Religion should not be questioned in sport. You could say that homophobia is denial in sport. All the players participated, except him, he should be punished. is homophobia and that the club and the League have let it happen. Being homophobic is punishable by law,” he told RMC Sport.