Football: FC Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed refuses to play again on the occasion of the day against homophobia

Football: FC Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed refuses to play again on the occasion of the day against homophobia
Football: FC Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed refuses to play again on the occasion of the day against homophobia

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The Egyptian player, whose absence was noted last year during the international day against LGBT discrimination, will not play on the final day of Ligue 1 this Sunday, March 19.

Mostafa Mohamed is neither injured nor suspended. However, the Egyptian striker from FC Nantes will not be traveling against Monaco for the last day of the 2023-2024 Ligue 1 season. For the second consecutive season, the Canary will not play the match on the day against homophobia, despite the changes to which the Professional Football League (LFP) has agreed.

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The main argument of footballers not wanting to play this match would be that it would promote the LGBT+ community. By calling for wearing flocking and a rainbow armband that represents it, the LFP targeted certain players last year. This was the case of Mostafa Mohamed, but also that of Moussa Diarra and Zakaria Aboukhlal at TFC.

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The League hoped to avoid controversy this year by having players display a simple Ligue 1 coat of arms and by hoisting multi-colored flags on the corner posts. A device which, according to the president of PanamPride Football Club Bertrand Lambert, would have made it possible to “stop making waves and to bring all the players into this campaign”.

Regarding Mousa Diarra and Zakaria Aboukhlal, they will not play this Sunday due to a suspension for the first, and an injury for the second.

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