Homophobia in football: the Senegalese head of state supports PSG player Gueye


This was stated on Tuesday by Senegalese president Macky Sall in a message on Twitter in support of the Paris SG player and the Senegalese national team Idrissa Gana Gueye and asked for the player’s “religious beliefs” to be respected, after his absence during the day dedicated to the fight against homophobia.

Gueye is targeted by critics in France after his refusal to join the fight against homophobia and wear a rainbow jersey. Like last year, the PSG player did not play Saturday against Montpellier (4-0) on the day dedicated to the fight against homophobia, a new defection that aroused criticism in France, but also support in his country, the Senegal.

“I support Idrissa Gana Gueye. Her religious beliefs must be respected,” said President Sall. In Senegal, Gueye and his colleagues in the selection are adored.

The PSG player was part of the team that won the country’s first African Cup of Nations (CAN) in February in Cameroon, against Egypt. In this 95% Muslim and very practicing country, homosexual relations are prohibited. The current legislation provides that “anyone who has committed an immodest or unnatural act with an individual of her sex will be punished with imprisonment from one to five years and a fine from 100,000 to 1,500,000 francs (from 152 to 2,286 euros). .

Messages of support for the PSG and national team defensive midfielder continued to flow into Senegal on Tuesday. Sports Minister Matar Bâ defended Gueye saying that “when you sign (a contract with a club), it’s to play football, it’s not to promote anything or set aside your beliefs,” in a press statement Monday evening.

Former Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne encourages Gueye by saying: “Wait, Gaïndé”, a Wolof-language lion, nickname of the national football team, in a Twitter message accompanied by verses from the Koran. The writer and intellectual Boubacar Boris Diop, winner of the prestigious Neustadt Prize, says on Twitter his “total solidarity with Idrissa Gana Gueye”.

Many Senegalese posted a message of support from the Senegalese president or photos of Gueye on a pilgrimage to Mecca in the state of Whatsapp on Tuesday. Gueye has not spoken publicly about the reasons for his absence from the pitch against Montpellier.

The player’s entourage, contacted by the AFP, refused to explain the reasons for this absence. On the other hand, they are clear for associations fighting against homophobia. “He did it last year. There is no doubt about his intentions,” said Bertrand Lambert, president of Panam Boyz and Girlz United, a club open to diversity.

Idrissa Gueye also didn’t play last year, citing gastroenteritis. On Saturday, Paris SG manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke of “personal reasons”, saying his player “was not injured”.

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