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Supports Pour in for PSG Idrissa Gueye over Homophobia Row

Senegalese Muslim player Idrissa Gueye, who refused to wear rainbow colors for Paris Saint-Germain this week, has been receiving huge support from Muslims all over the world, with people calling for respecting his faith.

“I support Idrissa Gana Gueye. His religious beliefs must be respected,” Senegal’s President Macky Sall wrote on Twitter, CNN reported.

The Senegalese international midfielder missed a Ligue 1 game against Montpellier Saturday during which players were to wear rainbow jerseys in support of the LGBTQ movement. He was absent for “personal reasons” rather than injury, according to coach Mauricio Pochettino.

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Gueye also missed a match last year on a day dedicated to the fight against homophobia.

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Anger among Muslims maximized after Gueye was summoned by the National Council of Ethics of the French Football Federation (FFF) to explain his alleged boycott of the Saturday game.

Though Gueye did not say why he missed the game, anti-homophobia campaigners say the reason for his absence is clear.

Supports Pour in for PSG Idrissa Gueye over Homophobia Row - About Islam

Growing Support

Messages of support for Gueye have been pouring in on social media and from leading figures in politics, the arts and sport.

In Senegal, Sports Minister Matar Ba in a statement on Monday night said: “When you sign (with a club), it’s to play football. It’s not to promote anything or put aside your beliefs.”

Former Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne encouraged Gueye on Twitter.

“Hang in there, Gainde,” he wrote on Tuesday, using the Wolof word for lion — a nickname for the national team’s players — in a post accompanied by Qur’an verses.

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We Are All Idrissa

Support for Gueye has been maximizing on social media as well, with #WeareallIdrissa hashtag trending.

Palace midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and Watford winger Ismaila Sarr also backed midfielder Gueye.