Muslim soccer player refuses to wear rainbow jersey backing LBGTQ, sits out game — now leftists smell blood: 'Homophobia is not an opinion but a crime'
Idrissa Gueye — a Muslim soccer player for French team Paris Saint-Germain — refused to wear a jersey adorned with rainbow-colored numbers in support of an LBGTQ agenda and sat out his team’s 4-0 Saturday win against Montpellier, the Daily Mail reported.
Now, one activist group wants an investigation, and others want Gueye punished.
What are the details?
The Daily Mail said players across France wore the special jerseys over the weekend in solidarity with the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia, which takes place Tuesday.
Gueye’s manager Mauricio Pochettino said the player’s absence from the match was for “personal reasons, but he is not injured,” the outlet added.
But the Daily Mail, citing French outlet RMC Sport, said Gueye was out because he didn’t want to wear the jersey with rainbow colors; the Daily Mail added that its sports news section has contacted Gueye’s representatives for comment.
‘Homophobia is not an opinion but a crime’
Rouge Direct — which the Daily Mail said fights against homophobia in sport — is calling for action and wants the French League and Gueye’s team to find out why he missed the game.
“Homophobia is not an opinion but a crime,” Rouge Direct tweeted Sunday. “The [league] and the [team] must ask … Gueye to explain [himself] and very quickly. And punish him if necessary.”
President of the France LGBT+ Sports Federation Eric Arassus told RMC Sport that Gueye “is a great player, but religion is not a part of the sport. Every player took part [in the rainbow jersey initiative] except him. He should be sanctioned. Gueye’s excuses show that the club [PSG] and league let homophobia happen,” the Daily Mail said. Continue