While Idrissa Gueye was absent from the Ligue 1 match between Montpellier and Paris on Saturday for not wearing the rainbow flocked jersey in support of the LGBTQ+ community against Montpellier, PSG and the LFP reacted on Monday to the AFP. With great caution and without citing the specific case of the Parisian player.
Like last year, Idrissa Gueye did not play on Saturday, during the day dedicated to the fight against homophobia. A new somewhat embarrassing defection for the Parisian club since last year, the Senegalese had already mentioned “gastroenteritis” during this same special day. This year, it is an absence “for personal reasons” that Mauricio Pochettino mentioned in a press conference, specifying that the player was not injured. But as indicated by RMC Sport, the real reason for the absence was indeed in the jersey with rainbow flocking.
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A complex legal situation
PSG reacted to AFP on Monday and wanted to remind them that they were “completely committed to the fight against homophobia and discrimination, with Sportitude or SOS Racisme. Our players proudly wore this jersey, the biggest stars, Messi , Neymar or Mbappé, expressing the commitment of the club”. On the other hand, radio silence on the Idrissa Gueye case. Will he be sanctioned? Can it be? The legal situation seems complex in terms of labor law.
For its part, the LFP “does not wish to comment” on the incident and recalls its “fundamental work in this area for four years”, such as “the organization of workshops to raise awareness of homophobia in clubs and centers of training”. “Tuesday an auction is organized with the sales of these jerseys for the benefit of LGBT associations”, it was specified, but without commenting on the absence of Gueye.
“A vagueness in the contracts of the players on these themes”
Same caution on the side of Roxana Maracineanu, the Minister Delegate in charge of Sports: “I am not going to replace the employer, she reacted to RMC Sport. There is a vagueness in the contracts of the players on these themes. I don’t know exactly how the clubs have expressed the League’s request to their employees. of voluntary commitment. Everyone must take responsibility and agree. That’s how we’re going to get things done, not with sanctions on words that have not been clearly assumed.”
“Idrissa Gueye has neither communicated nor denied. If ever there is a position, it would of course be quite regrettable in a country like ours […]. It’s something that will obscure the beautiful image that football wants to give,” continued Roxana Maracineanu. Contacted by RMC Sport on Sunday evening, Idrissa Gueye’s relatives declined to comment.
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