Reason Why Idrissa Gueye Refused to Play PSG’s Penultimate League Game Explained

Reason Why Idrissa Gueye Refused to Play PSG’s Penultimate League Game Explained

  • Diminutive PSG midfield enforcer Idrissa Gueye reportedly skipped his club's league game against Montpellier last Saturday
  • On the penultimate league game, PSG wore jerseys with rainbow colours in a move to support the LGBTI+ community ahead of the World Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
  • In Gueye's absence, Paris Saint-Germain thrashed Montpellier 4-0 with Messi grabbing a brace while Di Maria and Ligue 1 Player of the Season, Mbappe scoring once

Senegal and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye allegedly missed his side's recent French Ligue 1 game against Montpellier in order to avoid wearing an anti-homophobia shirt, reports MARCA.

Gueye, who has racked up 25 appearances for PSG this campaign, was conspicuously missing in the Parisian team that faced Montpellier in their last-but-one league game on Saturday.

The AFCON winner watched the game from the stands after he was dropped from the matchday squad by Mauricio Pochettino, who named the Senegalese in his initial squad list for the game.

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Idrissa Gueye was missing in action in PSG’s penultimate French Ligue 1game against Montpellier last Saturday. Photos by ANP and John Berry
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On the occasion, players of PSG wore their jerseys with rainbow colours ahead of the World Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which is celebrated on May 17.

Idrissa Gueye, who is a staunch Muslim, is believed to have abstained from last Saturday's game due to his religious beliefs, which frown on the LGBTI+ movement.

PSG refused to respond to the allegations officially, but sources told EFE that "the club and its players, including its stars, are very proud to wear that shirt".

"It is a matter that will be settled internally," the sources said as quoted by MARCA.

World Cup hosts send strong caution to LGBTI+ community

Meanwhile, a senior official in Qatar has warned the LGBTQ+ groups against raising rainbow flags during the 2022 World Cup.

According to Major General Abdulaziz Abdullah Al Ansari, rainbow flags could be seized to prevent them from facing attacks.

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He added that the safety of gay groups that try to demonstrate in the stands during the World Cup cannot be guaranteed.

Idrissa Gueye's son cherishes his father's AFCON gold medal

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the son of Paris Saint-Germain and Senegal star, Idrissa 'Gana' Gueye, is relishing his father's latest achievement following the Teranga Lions' AFCON triumph.

Idrissa Gueye started and played the entire duration of the final against Egypt, as Senegal won on penalties to secure their first-ever AFCON title.

With the celebrations continuing in Dakar, Gueye's son seized the moment as he was spotted wearing his father's medal in delight.