It is an absence which has not gone unnoticed and which is causing controversy. Paris-Saint-Germain player Idrissa Gueye did not play on Saturday May 14 during the day dedicated to the fight against homophobia, on the occasion of which the players of the championship wear a rainbow jersey.
Paris-SG coach Mauricio Pochettino spoke of ” personal reasons “stating that his player “wasn’t hurt”. A source close to the locker room talks about “individual player choice”, who “put himself aside”. Idrissa Gueye had also not played in 2021 on the same day, citing gastroenteritis.
The person concerned made no public statement to justify his absence on Saturday. His entourage, contacted by AFP, refused to explain the reasons. At PSG, we did not comment on the Gueye case, but the club recalled being “Completely committed to the fight against homophobia and discrimination, with Sportitude or SOS-Racisme. Our players wore this jersey with pride, the biggest stars, Messi, Neymar or Mbappé, expressing the commitment of the club..
“Homophobia is not an opinion but a crime”declared on Twitter the collective Rouge direct, which fights against homophobia in sport. “The LFP [Ligue de football professionnel] and PSG must ask Gana Gueye to explain himself and very quickly. And punish him if necessary..
“I regret that he did not participate in this day which is not a promotion of homosexuality but a promotion of living together”said Bertrand Lambert, president of Panam Boyz and Girlz United, a club open to diversity. Our associations fighting against homophobia. In the same way that wearing an armband to fight racism does not change the skin color of the wearer, wearing a rainbow jersey does not change sexuality. It just helps break down prejudices.”
Support in Senegal
The Minister Delegate for Sports Roxana Maracineanu judged ” personally “, “regrettable that he did not wish to play” with this swimsuit, she told the Parisian. ” The players of a football club, and those of PSG in particular, are figures of identification for our young people. They have a duty to set an example. A refusal by Idrissa Gana Gueye to join the fight against homophobia could not remain without sanction! »posted on Twitter Valérie Pécresse, former candidate for the presidential election.
Bertrand Lambert “regrets that there is no reaction at the highest level of the State, PSG and football authorities. That said, we must not forget that what happened this weekend is quite marginal since there is only one who refused.. In 2019, several players refused to wear a rainbow armband. “There is still resistance, but it is progressing”summarizes Bertrand Lambert.
In Senegal, where Gueye and his colleagues in the selection are adored, many supports for the PSG player have been posted on social networks. In this 95% Muslim country and very practicing, homosexuality, punishable by a sentence of one to five years in prison, is widely considered as deviance. Writer El Hamidou Kasse said on Twitter to support Guèye “in the name of the principle of free belief and respect for differences. »
The movement called “Y en a marre”, active in particular in the defense of democracy, “vigorously denounces this demonization of which he [Gueye] is a victim”in a press release.
An English professional footballer announces his homosexuality
Jake Daniels, a 17-year-old midfielder who plays with the Blackpool club, in the English 2nd division, became the first active British professional player to publicly discuss his homosexuality on Monday, May 16, in a press release. “This season has been fantastic for me on the pitch. I played my first pro match, scored 30 goals with the reserves, signed my first pro contract”told the player on the website of his club. “But off the pitch, I hid who I really am. I’ve known all my life that I was gay and I feel like I’m now ready to come out and be myself.”he continued.
In the 1990s, Justin Fashanu, was England’s first openly gay professional player, but he was playing at amateur level when he gave an interview to the tabloid The Sun.
“Being gay, bi or queer is still a taboo in men’s football”, underlined Jake Daniels, in an interview with Sky Sport. His announcement was met with an outpouring of messages of sympathy from across English football. “You are an inspiration to us all, Jake”wrote the Leicester club on its Twitter account. “Football is a sport for everyone, with diversity at its core”added the English football federation.