Several L1 players categorically refused to wear the jersey, where their name and number were flocked with the rainbow. A real scandal for Daniel Riolo.
During the 35th day of Ligue 1, several players refused to wear the jersey with rainbow flocking, especially during the meeting between Toulouse and Nantes (0-0). Which was not really to Daniel Riolo’s taste. “It doesn’t want to get into the heads of these blind people, these obscurantists. They say: ‘there is no reason to defend this cause’. You don’t defend a cause, you say: ‘I am against attacks on homosexuals’. It is a message of peace, of tolerance. Homophobia is extremely present in football, and it is getting worse and worse. The situation is very serious,” protested the sports journalist on the airwaves of RMC, Sunday evening.
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“You should know that it is always a problem in the discussions, that the players do it a little constrained and forced. There is not this understanding that it is not supporting the cause but it is being against discrimination. It means that if a homo is attacked, you do not condemn him. The question is: ‘Do you condemn or not the aggression or harassment against a homosexual?’ If yes, then you are in the movement”continued the editorialist in the program “L’After Foot”.
💬 @DanielRiolo on the refusal of certain players to wear the jersey with rainbow flocking to fight against homophobia: “When you don’t want to wear the jersey with rainbow flocking, that means that if a homo attack, you do not condemn him!” pic.twitter.com/24zLobPJcl
— After Foot RMC (@AfterRMC) May 14, 2023
Daniel Riolo is particularly angry with Mostafa Mohamed, who refused to play a crucial match for FC Nantes, which is fighting to maintain it. “It is not excluded that in the contracts in the future, there will be a clause on it where it is said that the player does not participate in the event. What Mostafa Mohamed did was abandon his position. His team (Nantes who traveled to Toulouse, 0-0) plays maintenance and he for a reading of his religion, he prefers not to play, rather than to not understanding the debate and not having this negative attitude,” he concluded. Mostafa Mohamed justified his refusal to play against Toulouse in a post on Twitter.