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Africa News Thu, 19 May 2022

#WeAreAllIdrissa: Senegal's PSG star trends globally over anti-LGBTQ row

#WeareAllIdrissa became a top global trend on Twitter after tweeps flooded the platform with posts in support of Senegalese Paris St Germain football player, Idrissa Gana Gueye.

The 32-year-old reportedly refused to play for the French giant in a game in which the team's jersey numbers were displayed in the rainbow colours of the LGBTQ+ movement.

Senegalese President Macky Sall on Tuesday became the most prominent personality to support the AFCON winner, Gana Gueye in his anti-LGBTQ stance.

The president tweeted his support 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.
Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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