Idrissa Gueye case: the Senegalese federation fires the FFF

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Under fire from critics since his refusal to participate in the day against homophobia, the Senegalese midfielder has received the support of his federation.

Tomorrow evening, the last home game against FC Metz will have a special flavor for the players of Paris Saint-Germain. There will be farewells to Angel Di Maria, those of Kylian Mbappé and then Idrissa Gueye will return to the green rectangle since his notable absence in Montpellier. A special moment for the Senegalese midfielder since he was put on the dock by France football.

By refusing to participate in the day against homophobia organized by the LFP, Gueye has drawn the wrath of the authorities and several associations. Recently, the National Ethics Council of the FFF had also called the PSG player to order. And that, the Senegalese federation does not accept. On the night of Thursday to Friday, the FSF published a long press release to defend Gueye and especially to tackle the FFF which it accuses of imposing its diktat.

The FFF severely tackled

“It is with great surprise (and great concern about the treatment of certain players mainly of African origin, let us say it clearly) that the Senegalese Football Federation has taken note of the letter of May 17, 2022 bearing the heading of the FFF (French Football Federation) and supposed to come from its National Ethics Council. If it is difficult to find the legal, statutory or regulatory bases of such an approach in the texts of Football or sport in general, its purpose is on the other hand clear: to force the player to do what his free will does not inclined to do. Are we really in this France that we were told and told about in our schools, the one whose motto is freedom, fraternity and equality for all? How can a body that claims to promote ethics in Football be based on assumptions to address a person to enjoin him to express himself and even worse to display himself with the jersey in LGBTQI + colors to put an end to the so-called speculations? Isn’t this reminiscent of those practices of another time in school classrooms where to punish the “rebellious” pupil, the master or the professor put him to the torture of humiliation in front of his other classmates? class for the sanction as for the example? It is an elementary principle in law that says that no one can be required to provide proof of a negative fact. Why didn’t the said National Ethics Council start by asking the French media that brought the accusation to provide proof of their allegations? Better still, why didn’t she contact the player’s club who communicated the reasons for Idrissa Gana Guéye’s non-participation in the controversial match? The turn of the correspondence is all the more worrying with regard to the respect of the elementary rights of the player Idrissa Gana Guéye that one reads there this sentence which sounds like a threatening sentence without preliminary judgment: “by not taking part in this operation , you validate the discriminatory behavior, the refusal of the other and not only of the LGBTQI+ community. The rest is without comment, because it translates in itself the whole dimension of the prejudices of the author of this ethical letter: “We must all feel concerned by all forms of discrimination and not only those which affect us personally. » »can we read, before continuing.

“Obviously and unconsciously, when writing his letter, Mr. Patrick Anton could not help linking the situation he describes or deplores with the color (or religion) of Mr. Idrissa Gana Guéye . In doing so, has he realized that he is stigmatizing the said player by classifying him immediately and without his opinion in the category of people who are discriminated against? This is how the whole problem of freedoms presents itself today, they are no longer universal: there are those that have been promoted or even imposed, even with forceps if necessary, others for which we turn our heads away and who do not will never benefit from a dedicated championship day unfortunately. If there is someone who needs to clarify his situation or make amends, it is not Idrissa Gana Guéye but Mr Patrice Anton of the FFF’s National Ethics Council who, not content to look for smoke there, he is not ya point de feu is caught in the act of veiled threats and discriminatory remarks against a professional player whose only fault is not having played a championship match, which moreover until further information is a common occurrence and only concerns relations between the latter and his employing club. The Senegalese Football Federation is obliged in such circumstances and without prejudice in any way to the rules which govern Football in a sister association, to express all its solidarity with the Player Idrissa Gana Guéye, member of the Senegalese national team and to which she can testify to her exceptional human qualities and her strong sense of respect for others without compromising the respect we owe her as a person enjoying total freedom of conscience. It also reserves the right to appeal to the competent international bodies in the field of sport or human rights to put an end to what looks like institutionalized harassment. » The message got through.

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