Five Toulouse players ‘REFUSE to play against Nantes today in protest at Ligue 1’s campaign against homophobia’ that would have seen them wear rainbow colours… a year after Everton star Idrissa Gueye ‘took a similar stance for PSG’
- Ligue 1 is undertaking a campaign to combat homophobia at games this week
- This has seen the shirts of players sport a rainbow pattern on the back of them
- Five Toulouse players reportedly refused to play in protest at the initiative
Five Toulouse players have reportedly refused to play against Nantes on Sunday in protest at Ligue 1’s campaign to combat homophobia.
All fixtures in the French top flight this weekend have been dedicated to the league’s initiative against homophobia, with the numbers on the back of players’ shirts in rainbow colours.
However, according to La Depeche du Midi, many members of Toulouse’s squad expressed their disapproval of the campaign to manager Philippe Montanier and revealed they didn’t want to play as a result.
The report stated the five players were Zakaria Aboukhlal, Moussa Diarra, Fares Chaibi, Logan Costa and Said Hamulic, with Aboukhlal and Hamulic outright refusing to wear the shirts.
Their decisions come after the same campaign last year was a major talking point when Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye – then playing for PSG – reportedly refused to play in a match to avoid wearing the anti-homophobia shirt.
Five Toulouse players reportedly refused to play against Nantes in protest at Ligue 1’s campaign to combat homophobia (pictured – PSG players in action last night wearing the shirts as part of the campaign which sees a rainbow pattern on the back of them)
It comes after Everton midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye – then playing for PSG – reportedly refused to play a game last year when the same campaign was taking place
They also come after Guingamp defender Donatien Gomis earlier this weekend decided not to play as a result of the campaign.
‘Donatien Gomis has expressed his choice not to wear this jersey. We have taken note of it,’ said Fred Le Grand, the Ligue 2 side’s president.
Elsewhere, the initiative to combat homophobia – which has also seen captains and managers wear rainbow armbands – has generally been followed, with it taking place for the past three seasons.
The report goes onto state the club hopes to convince the five players to still play despite their initial objections, but with the game kicking off at 2pm on Sunday, they are running out of time.
Toulouse boss Montanier originally attracted attention by calling up 25 players to his matchday squad, despite only 20 being able to be named in the starting XI or on the bench.
However, La Depeche du Midi’s report does go onto state that Costa – one of the five players – denied having asked not to play the game.
Toulouse are currently 13th in Ligue 1 and host a Nantes side who are languishing in the relegation zone with just four games to play.
Toulouse boss Philippe Montanier was told the players didn’t want to play due to the shirts
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