Recall that Senegalese philanthropist and footballer Gana Gueye who plays for French side, Paris Saint-Germain excused himself from the club’s match with Montpellier for what his manager said was “personal reasons.”
The decision was interpreted as one taken to protect his values as the said match featured jerseys with rainbow colors in solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
The player garnered support from many Africans for his bold decision; notable among those supporters is the President of his country, Macky Sall who openly wrote that, “I support Idrissa Gana Gueye. His religious convictions must be respected.”
In a new development, the French Football Federation has summoned Gana to explain the reason behind his refusal to participate in the controversial match validating the practice of LGBTQ.
In a statement, the ethic council of the French football federation said “your absence has led to many speculations that have been very widely interpreted as a refusal to take part in this operation to raise awareness of the fight against discrimination.”
A request was equally made for him to wear the said rainbow jersey as a way of disproving the ‘rumor’ if it is not true.
“Either these suppositions are baseless, in which case we ask you to express yourself without delay in order to stop these rumors,” the statement said, adding that, “we invite you, for example, to accompany your message with a photo of you wearing the jersey in question.”
The player is yet to respond to the letter from the Federation. We will follow the development and provide you with the necessary update.