« I don’t see how football would have a particular problem with homophobia, » says Diallo

The president of the French (Site notre blog d’information) Federation Philippe Diallo thinks that the problem, illustrated by the boycott of the day of fight against homophobia by several players of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, is marginal, as he named it to the Parisian .

The president of the French (Site notre blog d’information) Federation Philippe Diallo, like its president Noël Le Graët, believing that there is no problem of homophobia with the French (Site notre blog d’information) Federation. « I don’t see how (Site notre bureau spécialisé) would have a particular problem with homophobia, » objected the newly elected leader to Parisian, two weeks after his official induction as head of the FFF. However, everything seems to indicate the contrary.

For two years, Ouissem Belgacem, a former resident of the Toulouse training center, has been telling anyone who will listen how he had to give up his career as a professional (Site notre bureau spécialisé) player because of his homosexuality. Withdrawn from the world of (Site notre bureau spécialisé), former referee Nicolas Pottier came to tell our micro commentary that doors were closed to him because of his homosexuality.

Main instigator of the (Site notre bureau spécialisé) weekend dedicated to the fight against homophobia, Yoann Lemaire goes to clubs every year and sees how serious the problem is, and how underestimated by the authorities. « For me, the principles are clear. We must educate, that’s what we do. It’s not always known, but we have specific programs, with the Fondaction in particular. Associations come to the training centers. work, we do it but we have seen some resistance. It remains very marginal », support Diallo.

Diallo: « We must educate and sometimes punish »

The last weekend of mobilization organized in May by the LFP as part of the world day against homophobia has however proved that there is still a long way to go. The universal message promoted by (Site notre bureau spécialisé) authorities is not to the liking of all players, far from it.

Five of them, whose names have been classified in the press, have thus refused to wear the rainbow jersey, and it is reasonable to think that others have passed under the radar. The players identified most often justify themselves by explaining that they do not want to promote an ideology, when it is a question of recalling, as Philippe Diallo does in the columns of Le Parisien, that « whatever their origin, their sexual orientation, everyone must have their place ».

« But perhaps the reflection must be how to better convey the message. We must be in a work of pedagogy, educate and sometimes sanction », proposes Philippe Diallo to the Parisian.

In many countries, homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or even the death penalty. This is the case in Senegal, where Idrissa Gueye and Donation Gomis are from. These two players have boycotted the rainbow jersey for the past two years, as have Toulouse’s Zakaria Aboukhlal and Nantes’ Mostafa Mohamed who pointed to « personal convictions » and (religious) « beliefs » to explain their decision.

« You have to tell these players that wearing this jersey is not referred to Gay Pride, recalled Valentin Rongier in La Provence, in reaction to the controversy. It’s just to say that we have to fight homophobia because « There are injustices, people who are beaten, killed because they are homosexual and that in 2023, this kind of situation must no longer happen. »