Watford forward, Ismaila Sarr and Crystal Palace midfielder, Cheikhou Kouyate, have now come under angry backlash by the LGBTQ community, for appearing to back Idrissa Gana Gueye over his alleged refusal to wear the rainbow flag on his Paris Saint-Germain kit.
Gueye who traveled with the PSG squad for a match against Montpellier, last Saturday, was left out of the Starting XI and bench line up, due to personal reasons, as confirmed by PSG Boss, Mauricio Pochettino.
Reports in the French media later claimed that the midfielder had missed the match because of his refusal to wear a kit which featured the rainbow flag to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Reacting to the newly released info, Gueye’s Senegalese teammates, Kouyate and Sarr, took to their different social media platforms to celebrate and show support to their fellow country man.
Sarr posted a picture of himself and Gueye, standing together, with a fist emoji, three heart emojis and the words: “100 per cent”, while Kouyate uploaded a picture of himself with Gueye to Instagram, calling his teammate “a real man” while adding “we wholeheartedly support you brother”.
Both posts have seemingly caused an online upset and uproar in the LGBTQ community, as fans Of Watford and Crystal Palace, came out in numbers to condemn the public display of support by Gueye’s Senegalese teammates.
One User wrote “He may well feel he’s done nothing wrong. If his comments are as they appear to be, and he stands by them, then I’d be very disappointed to see him wear a Palace shirt again.”
“Don’t play Kouyate for the rest of the season,” wrote one fan.
Another user wrote “How stupid do you have to be, as Ismaila Sarr, to come out in support of a homophobe, in the same week a 17-year-old lad was brave enough to come out as gay, in the world of football,”
“Absolutely moronic.” Said another.
In response, Watford published a statement that reads: “Watford Football Club is proud to work collaboratively within its local community to further the messages and education around EDI (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion).
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