Senegal international Idrissa Gana Gueye was absent for Paris Saint-Germain’ 4-0 win over Montpellier in Ligue 1 on Saturday for “personal reasons” rather than injury, according to coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Hence, the PSG midfielder has been ordered by the French football federation’s ethics board to answer accusations he missed a game to avoid wearing a rainbow jersey in support of the LGBTQI+ movement.
Gueye must “issue a public apology” or say the rumours he refused to take part in French football’s fight against homophobia are “unfounded“, according to a letter seen Wednesday by AFP addressed to the player.He also missed a match last year on a day dedicated to raising awareness against discrimination. “This absence (against Montpellier)… is very widely interpreted as a refusal to participate.” Wrote the FFF’s ethics board.“One of two things, either the hypotheses are unfounded. And we invite you to immediately express yourself in order to silence these rumours.” The letter continued.“Or the rumours are true. In this case we ask you to be aware of the impact of your actions. And the very serious error committed.”
“In refusing to take part in this collective initiative you are validating discriminatory behaviour… and not only against the LGBTQI+ community.” It added.by the way Gueye received several supports including the implication of Senegal’s President Macky Sall.