Idrissa Gueye, a Paris Saint-German player embroiled in a homophobic issue in France, has gotten the support of Senegalese President Macky Sall. According to French sports network RMC Sport, Gueye, a devout Muslim, skipped PSG’s encounter vs Montpellier to avoid wearing the rainbow-colored number on the back of his shirt in honor of World Day Against Homophobia on May 17.
Idrissa Gueye was spared from Saturday’s match for “personal purposes,” according to PSG head football coach Mauricio Pochettino. The president of Senegal, on the other hand, has declared his backing for the player. Gueye has been silent about the topic. CNN attempted to reach out to the club for comment.
“I stand behind Idrissa Gana Gueye. His religious beliefs must be honored “Senegalese President Macky Sall remarked on Twitter.
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Many citizens in the Muslim-dominated West African country, in which being in a same-sex relationship is liable to be punished by up to five years in jail, hailed President Sall’s show of support, which comes despite an uptick in the arrest and conviction of LGBTQ community members in recent years.
According to RMC, the Senegalese player was also unable to participate in the same commemorative match last year owing to sickness. According to RMC Sport, Gueye has been called by the French Football Federation’s (FFF) National Council of Ethics to explain his suspected boycott of the Saturday game.
The 32-year-old’s absence has prompted calls for him to be penalized. An organization opposing homophobia in sports, Rouge Direct, urged that Gueye be sanctioned by the French football authorities. Valérie Pécresse, a French politician, also wants Gueye punished for his lack of support for the LGBTQ community.
“For our young people, football players, particularly those of PSG, serve as figures of identity. They have a responsibility to lead by example. Idrissa Gana Gueye’s unwillingness to join the battle against homophobia can not go unpunished!”, She sent out a tweet.