According to Bacary Cisse, Idrissa Gueye is seen as a hero in Senegal for his refusal to wear shirt with rainbow design in May.
Cisse, who is a Senegalese journalist and also doubles as Sadio Mane’s agent went on to say his compatriots would have been more shocked if he had decided to don the specially designed kit.
It was reported by French media last month that Gueye, a devout Muslim, missed his side’s 4-0 win against Montpellier because he didn’t want to wear the special shirts in an expression of solidarity to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, on Tuesday May 7.
It’s a misunderstanding. We must not forget that Gueye was born in Senegal. He grew up there, he was educated there.
We respect everything that others do, but we don’t follow them in their culture. Culturally, no one would have understood if he had done anything other than what he did. He’s not the only one.
Today, Gueye has the total support of all Senegalese, of all Africans. In this case, we must not stigmatize the boy. He cannot justify this gesture. He was perceived as a hero in Senegal, of course. For us, Gueye is a hero.Cisse Speaking to RMC Sport
Despite the uproar surrounding his no-show for the Ligue 1 game, Cisse, insists Gueye’s action have actually been well received back in his country.
source: Daily Mail