Senegalese president tweets support for Idrissa Gueye on LGBTQ+ – SABC News


The Senegalese president tweeted in favor of a Senegalese international footballer, who boycotted a match played on Saturday, saying it went against his beliefs.

Senegal and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye has withdrawn from the Ligue 1 game against Montpellier which was devoted to the fight against homophobia.

In a tweet, Senegalese President Macky Sall said he supported Idrissa Gana Gueye’s decision and that the player’s religious beliefs should be respected.

Gueye missed Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 game against Montpellier on Saturday – where players wore shirts with their names written in the colors of the rainbow to support the LGBTQ+ community – saying it went to the against his Islamic beliefs.

A Paris Saint-Germain spokesperson says Idrissa Gueye is absent for ‘individual and personal reasons’

Here in Senegal – where Gueye has huge success as one of the players who helped win the country’s first Africa Cup of Nations title this year – a number of citizens have taken to social media to show their support for the player by saying that he should not be forced to do anything that is against his beliefs and thoughts.

It is estimated that over 95% of the population is Muslim – and homosexuality is punishable by law. But the player also faces accusations of homophobia internationally.

With members and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community demanding that the player be disciplined.


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