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A radical warring homophobia successful soccer has called connected the French league and Paris Saint-Germain to inquire subordinate Idrissa Gueye for an mentation aft helium missed a crippled past week amid reports that helium refused to play due to the fact that helium did not privation to deterioration a rainbow-colored fig connected the backmost of his jersey.

The Senegal midfielder travelled with his teammates to Montpellier past play for Saturday's French league crippled successful the confederate metropolis but did not play, with PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino citing “personal reasons" to warrant his lack connected the field.

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For the 2nd consecutive season, nonrecreational clubs successful the state had been invited to statement their players’ shirts with coloured numbers utilizing the rainbow flag, the awesome of the LGBTQ movement.

According to a idiosyncratic with nonstop cognition of the incident, Gueye did not play due to the fact that helium did not privation to deterioration a rainbow-coloured fig connected the backmost of his shirt. The idiosyncratic spoke connected information of anonymity due to the fact that the subordinate has not yet commented publically connected the incident.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 08: Gana Gueye of Paris Saint-Germain looks connected during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats lucifer betwixt Paris Saint Germain and ESTAC Troyes astatine Parc des Princes connected May 08, 2022 successful Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images) (PSG via Getty Images)

French vigor RMC archetypal reported connected the reasons wherefore Gueye skipped the match.

The Rouge Direct radical said successful a connection posted connected Twitter that PSG and the league should not exclude the anticipation of sanctioning Gueye.

“Homophobia is not an sentiment but a crime," the radical said.

The lawsuit has go a governmental contented successful some Senegal and France.

Senegal's President Macky Sall tweeted his enactment to Gueye, penning successful French: “I enactment Idrissa Gana Gueye. His spiritual convictions indispensable beryllium respected.”

The country's erstwhile premier curate Abdoul Mbaye besides threw his enactment down Gueye, saying the PSG subordinate “is not homophobic. He does not privation his representation to beryllium utilized to beforehand homosexuality. Leave him alone.”

Homosexual relationships are considered a transgression successful Senegal and tin beryllium punished with 1 to 5 years successful prison.

Valerie Pecresse, the blimpish campaigner successful the French statesmanlike predetermination past month, joined the disapproval of Gueye.

“The players of a shot club, and those of PSG successful particular, are recognition figures for our young people," she wrote connected Twitter. “They person a work to acceptable an example. A refusal by Idrissa Gana Gueye to articulation the combat against homophobia could not stay without sanction!"

L'Equipe paper reported that Gueye had already missed the corresponding lucifer past play erstwhile each teams wore shirts with the rainbow, citing a bout of gastroenteritis.

Homophobic chants, often heard astatine French league matches, person been tolerated for a agelong clip by galore nine officials, and shot authorities person struggled to find the due ways of tackling the issue. The French league, however, launched an enactment program 3 years agone allowing spectators to study sexist, homophobic oregon racist incidents they witness.

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