PSG dissociates itself from Gueye who refused to play during the day against homophobia

Chance sometimes reserves very curious coincidences. This Monday, Jake Daniels has become the first active professional player to come out in the UK for 30 years. The revelation of the Blackpool player – the first since that of John Fashanu in the 1990s – is not just an event across the Channel.

Although it has no causal link, it comes just two days after Idrissa Gueye was considered the first player in France not to have wished to take part in the 37th day of Ligue 1 placed under the sign of the fight against homophobia. Saturday, during the trip from PSG to Montpellier, the Senegalese midfielder was removed from the match sheet at his request although he was fit to play from a physical point of view.

A case which, after having been mentioned in our columns on Sunday May 15, took another turn this Monday morning, the debate going beyond the framework of football to invite itself into the public square and the political field. Valérie Pécresse, the president of the Ile-de-France region did not hesitate to react to controversy, even going so far as to ask for sanctions.

Roxana Maracineanu finds the choice of the player regrettable

“The players of a football club, and those of PSG in particular, are figures of identification for our young people. They have a duty to set an example. A refusal by Idrissa Gana Gueye to join the fight against homophobia could not remain without sanction! she posted on Twitter, even mentioning the official PSG account in her message. In an interview she gave us, the Minister of Sports Roxana Maracineanu has, she, considered “regrettable” the choice of the Senegalese international. But she refuses to ask to penalize him, referring this decision to PSG. “The club put him in front of his responsibilities by evoking a personal motivation, she underlines. Now the ball is in his court. Personally, I find it regrettable that he did not want to play. I’m not going to replace his employer, it’s up to him to see what action to take in this case. »

“I don’t know how the clubs presented the initiative to their employees, adds the minister. If putting on a jersey with rainbow numbers may seem trivial, it is an important and symbolic gesture that helps educate our youth. A player can refuse to put it on, we are in a democracy, but I repeat it again, I find it regrettable. And she’s probably not the only one. If it provoked all types of reactions on social networks, the player’s decision did not, however, divide internally. The club, which flew on Saturday night to Doha for a two-day sales tour with partners, had been rather discreet on the subject during the weekend.

But Monday evening, after 48 hours of radio silence, the club dissociated itself from its player. “Idrissa Gueye was not in the group for individual and personal reasons, said PSG. This decision is up to him. PSG have always been keen to fight all forms of discrimination and did so again this weekend. “Internally, if we say we are proud that Messi and Mbappé gave resonance to the event, we did not appreciate the “questionable” gesture of the player.

“There is little chance that we will come to a breach of contract”

In the entourage of Gueye, and this is the whole paradox of this affair, we would not appreciate the magnitude taken by the affair and especially the shortcuts which would tend to make the Senegalese someone homophobic. “All those who know him know that Idrissa is not homophobic, assure several of his relatives. But rather someone open to others. This is evidenced, according to them, by the many charitable actions carried out by the player who, again last Thursday, organized a charity evening for the benefit of child victims of cancer and AIDS.

At the heart, for 48 hours, of a media storm that he did not see coming, the Senegalese does not understand the trial of intent that is being made to him. If he refuses, for the time being, to speak, it is precisely that he believes he knows who he is and does not have to explain the interpretations around him. A reaction which leads some to think that beyond individual convictions, it is not to be excluded that the player could have made this choice to spare some of his relatives. It remains to be seen what consequence his choice will have on the rest of his adventure in Paris. The club and the player will not spare an interview around this affair. But as Tatiana Vassine, a lawyer specializing in sports law, explains, “there is little chance that we will come to a breach of contract”.

For Master Jean-Jacques Bertrand, depending on the reason, justifiable or not, given by the player, “the sanctions could range from a simple call to order, to a warning, through the removal of the ethics bonus “. A sanction to which Hatem Ben Arfa had been subjected for not having gone on an internship in Qatar and which will be judged on appeal on January 17.

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