Patrick Vieira will speak to Cheikhou Kouyate over the player’s support for Idrissa Gueye
Patrick Vieira will speak to Cheikhou Kouyate about the player’s support for Idrissa Gueye, who refused to wear a rainbow colored PSG shirt in support of LGBT rights in France over the weekend.
- Idrissa Gueye reportedly refused to take the field over the weekend due to the PSG kit wearing rainbow colors in support of LGBT rights.
- Cheikhou Kouyate posted in support of Gueye and called him a ‘real man’
- Patrick Vieira said he will talk to his player about his commitment to support Gueye
- Kouyate and Ismaila Sarr’s Instagram posts sparked backlash on Wednesday
Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira will speak to Cheikhou Kouyate about his controversial support for Senegal teammate Idrissa Gueye, who refused to wear the rainbow colors for Paris Saint-Germain this week.
Palace midfielder Kouyate and Watford winger Ismaila Sarr appeared to back midfielder Gueye, a devout Muslim, who sat out PSG’s match against Montpellier for ‘personal reasons’. PSG players wore special shirts to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Kouyate and Sarr’s Instagram posts sparked a backlash, with Palace contacting fans and groups asking them to look into the matter.
Idrissa Gueye appears to have been backed by his Senegal teammates Ismaila Sarr (left) and Cheikhou Kouyate (right), who posted a photo of him on social media with words of support.
The PSG team took the field with the special jerseys before the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, on Tuesday, May 17, but Gueye did not play.
Kouyate posted a photo of himself and former Aston Villa and Everton midfielder Gueye, calling him a “real man” and adding “we wholeheartedly support you, brother.”
Sarr posted a photo with Gueye, along with fist and heart emojis and ‘100 percent’. When the reasons for Gueye’s stance were explained to Vieira, he said, ‘If this is the case, I will talk to Cheikhou about it. It will be an internal conversation.
A statement from Watford read: “Watford is proud to work collaboratively within our community to promote messaging and education around equality, diversity and inclusion.”
Patrick Vieira said he would talk to his player about his support for his compatriot Gueye