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Africa News of Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Senegal president supports PSG star who refused to wear LGBTQ jersey

AN LGBTQ+ branded PSG jersey and Macky Sall with Idrissa Gana Gueye AN LGBTQ+ branded PSG jersey and Macky Sall with Idrissa Gana Gueye

Senegalese President Macky Sall became the most prominent personality to support an anti-LGBTQ+ stance of Senegal international and Paris Saint-Germain footballer Idrissa Gana Gueye.

The president on Tuesday tweeted his support for player stating that Gueye's religious beliefs had to be respected amid homophobia accusations in France.

"I support Idrissa Gana Gueye. His religious beliefs must be respected," he wrote on Twitter.

The player is facing homophobia accusations after he missed a Ligue 1 game against Montpellier over the weekend.

His refusal was because players were to wear jerseys whose numbers were decorated in the rainbow flag - in support of the LGBTQ movement.

His manager Mauricio Pochettino, later told the press that the player was absent for "personal reasons" rather than injury.

It is not the first time the defender has missed a match for a similar reason, he missed a game in 2021 on a day dedicated to the fight against homophobia.

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