Idrissa Gueye of Paris Saint-Germain will have to respond to charges that he skipped his team’s last Ligue 1 match in protest of the league’s support for LGBTQI+ rights.
To commemorate the 2022 International Day Against Homophobia, every team in France’s top division donned rainbow-colored numbers throughout their matches.
Gueye, on the other hand, did not participate in PSG’s match against Montpellier, and coach Mauricio Pochettino subsequently revealed that he did so for “personal reasons.”
What did the French Football Association have to say about Gueye’s absence?
“This absence (against Montpellier) is commonly viewed as a refusal to participate,” the French Football Federation’s (FFF) ethics board wrote in a statement obtained by APF.
“Either the assumptions are baseless, and we ask you to express yourself soon in order to put these rumors to rest.
“Or perhaps the rumors are real. In this circumstance, we urge that you be mindful of the consequences of your conduct and the grave blunder you have made.
“By declining to participate in this collective movement, you validate discriminatory behavior… and not only towards the LGBTQI+ group.”
Reactions to Gueye’s absence
Gueye has not commented on his absence from the game, but Senegal president Macky Sall expressed his support for the player in a statement posted on Twitter.
“I back Idrissa Gana Gueye. His religious convictions must be honored “The president confirmed this on the social media website.
Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyate also backed the midfielder, calling him a “great guy” in a statement that boss Patrick Vieira pledged to look into if Gueye’s absence was confirmed as a result of the weekend’s gesture.
“If this is the case, I will discuss it with Cheikhou. It will be an internal discussion “He said to reporters.
“There has been a lot of buzz coming out of France, and I’ve been reading the news, but I haven’t seen any type of comment from Paris Saint-Germain or from the player.
“People are presuming, so before we jump to conclusions, we need to be certain about what we’re talking about before we say something really nasty.
“Obviously, what is evident from me and the football club is that we support Jake and oppose any kind of discrimination.”
Vieira was alluding to Blackpool striker Jake Daniels, who disclosed last week that he is homosexual.