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PSG player, Idrissa Gueye, receives Senegal President’s support

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Idrissa Gana Gueye, who is embroiled in a homophobia controversy in France, has received the support of Senegalese President Macky Sall.

French teams’ players were invited to wear rainbow-colored numbers on the back of their jerseys on May 17 to celebrate World Day Against Homophobia. According to French sports network RMC Sport, devout Muslim Gueye, 32, missed PSG’s match against Montpellier to avoid wearing the shirt.

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Mauricio Pochettino, head coach of Paris Saint-Germain, told a press conference that Gueye was excused from Saturday’s game due to “personal reasons.”

Presidential support

Nonetheless, the president of Senegal has voiced his support for the midfielder.
“I support Idrissa Gana Gueye. His religious beliefs must be honored “The president of Senegal wrote on Twitter.

Gueye has not publicly commented on the controversy.

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In the Muslim-dominated West African nation where being in a same-sex relationship is punishable by up to five years in jail, and where arrests and prosecutions of LGBTQ community members have increased in recent years, President Sall’s display of solidarity was welcomed by many residents.

According to RMC, the Senegalese player was absent from the same commemorative match last year due to illness. His club stated at the time that he was ill.

French Council to take action

RMC Sport reported that Gueye has been summoned by the French Football Federation’s National Council of Ethics to explain his alleged boycott of the Saturday game.

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The 32-year-recent old’s absence has prompted calls for disciplinary action. Rouge Direct, an organization dedicated to combating homophobia in sports, demanded that French football authorities sanction Gueye.

Valérie Pécresse, a French politician, also desires that Gueye be punished for his lack of support for the LGBTQ community.

“The players of a football club, and PSG players in particular, serve as identifiers for our youth. They must serve as an example. Idrissa Gana Gueye’s unwillingness to join the battle against homophobia could not go unpunished! “, she tweeted.

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