French media have reported that 6 Muslim players from the French Football League have refused to wear rainbow jerseys over the weekend as part of an effort to combat homophobia.
While most players from the first and second divisions in France participated in the annual “Gay or straight, we all wear the same shirt” campaign, some players refused to wear the rainbow shirt.
French newspaper L’Equipe reported that the Egyptian Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed informed the club of his refusal to wear a team shirt with a pro-gay slogan during his team’s match against Toulouse in the 35th round of the French league.
The newspaper reported that Egyptian striker Mostafa traveled with the Nantes team to Toulouse, but decided to stay at the hotel and not go to the stadium after he refused to wear a gay shirt.
For its part, the French network RMC Sport reported that 4 players in the ranks of the Toulouse team refused for the same reason to participate in the meeting that yesterday, Sunday, brought together Toulouse and Nantes.
The network said the players were Moroccan Zakaria Abu Khalil, Algerian Fares Shaibi, Bosnian Said Hamulić and Malian Moussa Diarra.
The defender of Guingamp, Senegalese Donatien Gomis, also withdrew from the French League gay support tour and chose to announce his withdrawal from the campaign.
Six players are expected to face sanctions from their clubs and possibly the French Football League.
Source: French media
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