Crystal Palace star Cheikhou Kouyate and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr seem to help Idrissa Gueye

Cheikhou Kouyate and Ismaila Sarr have sparked fury at their golf equipment Crystal Palace and Watford after showing to again Senegal team-mate Idrissa Gueye for allegedly refusing to put on rainbow colours for PSG.

Gueye, who’s a religious muslim, got here beneath fireplace after he did not characteristic in PSG’s 4-0 win over Montpellier, the place gamers wore particular shirts in an expression of solidarity to mark the upcoming Worldwide Day In opposition to Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, on Tuesday Could 17

His supervisor Mauricio Pochettino confirmed his absence was resulting from ‘private causes’ and never due to an damage, with French outlet RMC Sport reporting that he didn’t wish to signify PSG within the rainbow colors.

And former Everton star Gueye has now seemingly been backed by Kouyate and Sarr, who each play with the midfielder for the Senegal nationwide staff.

Sarr posted an image of himself standing subsequent to Gueye on Instagram, with a fist emoji, three coronary heart emojis and the phrases: ‘100 per cent’.

And Gueye’s fellow midfielder Kouyate additionally uploaded a photograph of himself with the 32-year-old on the social media platform, calling him ‘an actual man’, and including ‘we wholeheartedly help you brother’.

Idrissa Gueye reportedly missed PSG's 4-0 win over Montpellier because he didn't want to wear a shirt with rainbow colors on

Idrissa Gueye reportedly missed PSG’s 4-0 win over Montpellier as a result of he did not wish to put on a shirt with rainbow colours on

The PSG side took to the pitch in the special shirts ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, on Tuesday May 17

The PSG facet took to the pitch within the particular shirts forward of the Worldwide Day In opposition to Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, on Tuesday Could 17

Gueye appears to have been backed by Senegal team-mate Ismaila Sarr

Cheikhou Kouyate also uploaded a picture of Gueye with words of support

Gueye seems to have been backed by Senegal team-mates Ismaila Sarr (L) and Cheikhou Kouyate (R) who each posted an image of him on social media with phrases of help

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira responded to story on Tuesday, saying: ‘We’re in opposition to any type of discrimination’ earlier than confirming he’ll speak to Kouyate.

Vieira added that he desires folks to ensure they do not soar to conclusions with out understanding the complete info.

In their very own assertion, Watford, Sarr’s membership, stated: ‘Watford Soccer Membership is proud to work collaboratively inside its area people to additional the messages and training round EDI (Equality, Range & Inclusion), together with the formation of some partnerships which have helped everybody at Vicarage Highway higher perceive the variations in cultures that abound.

‘The membership reiterates its long-term dedication to the EDI values ​​that fashioned the spine of it being acknowledged with the PLEDIS (Premier League Equality, Range & Inclusion Commonplace) Superior Award, and this consists of the willingness to supply additional training and help to any of its staff.’

Gueye’s alleged refusal to look within the rainbow shirt got here simply earlier than Blackpool’s Jake Daniels grew to become the primary brazenly homosexual participant within the nation, and solely the second identified homosexual participant on this planet.

Watford followers reacted instantly within the wake of Sarr’s submit – which has since been deleted – with one calling for him to go away Vicarage Highway. The Hertfordshire-based membership’s honorary president is homosexual music icon Sir Elton John.

One merely wrote: ‘Get him out of our membership’, whereas one other referred to as him ‘silly’ for his social media submit.

‘How silly do you need to be, as Ismaila Sarr, to come back out in help of a homophobe, in the identical week a 17-year-old lad was courageous sufficient to come back out as homosexual, on this planet of soccer,’ the tweet stated. ‘Completely moronic.’

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said Gueye was absent due to personal reasons and not injury

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino stated Gueye was absent resulting from private causes and never damage

Gueye's absence for PSG came just before Jake Daniels revealed himself as the only openly gay footballer in the country

Gueye’s absence for PSG got here simply earlier than Jake Daniels revealed himself as the one brazenly homosexual footballer within the nation

‘Ismaila Sarr proves why folks like Jake Daniels want to come back out in soccer,’ stated one other supporter.

Crystal Palace’s Kouyate was additionally focused for criticism by followers, with some calling him to be faraway from their squad. The midfielder’s contract at Selhurst Park expires this summer season.

‘Do not play Kouyate for the remainder of the season,’ stated one fan. ‘Give his place within the matchday squad to one of many youth gamers.’

‘Kouyate has some explaining to do,’ wrote one other fan. ‘He could effectively really feel he is performed nothing incorrect. If his feedback are as they look like, and he stands by them, then I might be very upset to see him put on a Palace shirt once more.’

‘It is a disgrace to see the folks we see as “position fashions”, the folks we help week in week out, the folks that encourage us, being something however this,’ learn one other submit. ‘I am so upset in Kouyate. A step within the full incorrect route from him.’

Some Watford fans have called on Sarr to leave the club after his post about Gueye

Some Watford followers have referred to as on Sarr to go away the membership after his submit about Gueye

Crystal Palace fans admitted they were 'disappointed' in Kouyate, with some also calling on the club to release him

Crystal Palace followers admitted they had been ‘upset’ in Kouyate, with some additionally calling on the membership to launch him

A Watford assertion learn: ‘Watford Soccer Membership is proud to work collaboratively inside its area people to additional the messages and training round EDI (Equality, Range & Inclusion), together with the formation of some partnerships which have helped everybody at Vicarage Highway higher perceive the variations in cultures that abound.

The membership reiterates its long-term dedication to the EDI values ​​that fashioned the spine of it being acknowledged with the PLEDIS (Premier League Equality, Range & Inclusion Commonplace) Superior Award, and this consists of the willingness to supply additional training and help to any of its staff.’

Sportsmail has approached Crystal Palace for remark.

Earlier this month, former West Ham star Patrice Evra shed a light-weight on gamers’ attitudes in direction of homosexuality by claiming his team-mates on the London Stadium wouldn’t bathe with homosexual gamers and would even name for them to go away the membership.

‘It is like you may’t be a homosexual soccer participant, folks will go mad,’ Evra advised Gabby Logan on the Mid Level podcast.

‘I give the instance, after I was enjoying for West Ham, somebody from the English federation got here and he stated “we have to settle for everybody” and the quantity of gamers that had been like “no, if a few of my staff mates are homosexual they’ve to go away now, I will not do any bathe [with them]”.

‘I get up and I say “shut up, shut up everybody, are you able to hear yourselves?” We nonetheless do not settle for everybody. Within the soccer world they don’t seem to be open minded sufficient and it is a disgrace.’

Regardless of the fury geared toward Gueye, Senegal’s President Macky Sall on Tuesday tweeted his help for the participant.

‘I help Idrissa Gana Gueye. His non secular beliefs should be revered,’ he wrote on Twitter.

Gueye additionally missed a match final 12 months on a day devoted to the battle in opposition to homophobia.

Gueye is a devout Muslim and often shares messages about his faith across his social media platforms - in some Islamic countries, such as his native Senegal, homosexuality is a crime

Gueye is a religious Muslim and infrequently shares messages about his religion throughout his social media platforms – in some Islamic international locations, similar to his native Senegal, homosexuality is a criminal offense

He and fellow gamers are adored in Senegal. He was a part of the staff that received the nation’s first African Cup of Nations in February in opposition to Egypt.

In Senegal, the place 95 p.c of the inhabitants is Muslim, homosexuality is broadly thought-about a deviance. ‘Acts in opposition to nature’ between folks of the identical intercourse are punishable by one to 5 years in jail.

Messages of help for Gueye have poured into on social media and from main figures in politics, the humanities and sport.

Sports activities Minister Matar Ba in an announcement on Monday night time stated: ‘Whenever you signal (with a membership), it is to play soccer. It is to not promote something or put apart your beliefs.’

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

‘Grasp in there, Gainde,’ he wrote on Tuesday, utilizing the Wolof phrase for lion – a nickname for the nationwide staff’s gamers – in a submit accompanied by Koran verses.

Gueye was an Everton player for four seasons before joining PSG for £30million in 2019

Gueye was an Everton participant for 4 seasons earlier than becoming a member of PSG for £30million in 2019

Boubacar Boris Diop, a author who received this 12 months’s prestigious Neustadt Worldwide Prize for Literature, expressed his ‘whole solidarity with Idrissa Gana Gueye’ on Twitter.

In Senegal, folks have been posting the president’s tweet and photographs of Gueye on a pilgrimage to Mecca on WhatsApp.

Gueye has not spoken publicly about why he missed the match. Contacted by AFP, folks near him declined to elucidate why he didn’t play.

Anti-homophobia campaigners say the explanation for his absence is obvious.

‘He pulled this stunt final 12 months,’ stated Bertrand Lambert, the president of Panam Boyz and Girlz United, a Paris-based soccer membership with a concentrate on inclusivity and variety. ‘There isn’t any doubt about his intentions.’

Gueye blamed gastroenteritis for his absence from the occasion final 12 months.

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