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After his boycott of the rainbow jersey, “Gueye was seen as a hero in Senegal”

LE SCAN SPORT – For refusing to wear a rainbow-colored flocked jersey, synonymous with the fight against homophobia, the Paris SG midfielder had been the target of numerous criticisms.

On May 14, Idrissa Gueye was absent from the Parisian group for the trip to Montpellier in Ligue 1. From the final whistle, Mauricio Pochettino had admitted that his Senegalese midfielder was not suffering from any injury and that his absence was due to personal order. That weekend, all the Ligue 1 teams wore a rainbow-colored jersey, in support of the fight against homophobia.

Like last season, the 32-year-old midfielder, a native of Dakar, did not want to wear it. A choice that had been debated in the media space for several days. Some understood the gesture of the former Lille midfielder, others felt that the latter was disrespectful to a global cause.

Asked about this subject on Sunday evening on RMC, the Senegalese journalist Bacary Cissé wanted to defend the PSG international. By trying to understand the ambient context in Senegal on this issue of homosexuality. ” It’s a misunderstandinghe says. We must not forget that Idrissa Gana Gueye was born in Senegal, he grew up there, he was educated there. We respect everything other people do but we don’t have to follow them in their culture. Culturally, no one would have understood if he had done anything other than what he did. He is not the only one. »

The posture of Gueye, who has never spoken publicly on this subject and privately regretted the lack of support from his club, has been welcomed within his country. ” Today, Idrissa Gana Gueye has the full support of all Senegalese, of all Africansobserves our colleague who evokes a “culture shock”. In this case, we must not stigmatize the boys, he will not be able to justify this gesture. He was seen as a hero in Senegal, of course. For us, Idrissa Gana Gueye is a hero.” As a reminder, in Senegal, a 95% Muslim country and very practicing, the law stipulates that ” shall be punished by imprisonment of one to five years and a fine of 100,000 to 1,500,000 francs (152 to 2,286 euros) anyone who has committed an immodest or unnatural act with an individual of his sex ».

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