Ghanaian player, Idrissa Gaye, received great international solidarity after the attack he was subjected to and was investigated, after he refused to participate with his team Paris Saint-Germain in its last match in the French Football League, to avoid appearing in a shirt that supports gays, as all teams did in that round.
The Ethics Committee of the French Football Federation asked Gay to explain the reasons that prevented him from participating in the Paris Saint-Germain match, and whether he refused to wear a shirt with numbers written on it in the colors of the gay flag.
Immediately after this was announced, Twitter users launched the hashtag "#WeareallIdriss" to support and solidarity with the player, as the hashtag enjoyed wide interaction on the platform and topped the global trend, with more than 230 thousand tweets so far.
Le conseil national de l'éthique de la Fédération française de football demande au joueur du Paris SG Idrissa Gana Gueye d'expliquer s'il a oui ou non refusé de porter un maillot aux couleurs LGBT, dans un courrier consulté mercredi par l'# AFP pic.twitter.com/8FF2PHujEx
— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) May 18, 2022
The Senegalese midfielder was absent from Paris Saint-Germain's match in the last round against its host Montpellier, last Saturday, so as not to appear wearing the team's shirt, whose numbers were colored with the gay flag in support of them, according to French media.
And the French newspaper "Le Parisien" reported, last Sunday, that the Saint-Germain player refused to play in order not to participate in the day of facing homophobia, noting that his refusal was motivated by religious beliefs.
Rouge Direct, association de lutte contre l'homophobie, a réagi sur Twitter à l'absence d'Idrissa Gueye contre Montpellier, en demandant des explications au Parisien https://t.co/QLmTaiBG5G pic.twitter.com/UxhXqgWvNH
— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) May 16, 2022
The most prominent participants in the solidarity campaign on Twitter were several Saudi clubs, such as Al-Fateh, Al-Taawun and Al-Fayhaa Clubs, who posted pictures of the player with his child demonstrating his commitment to the Islamic religion, commenting on them, "We are all Idris Ghana Gay."
The former Egyptian football star, Muhammad Abu Trika, cited the Qur’anic verse that says, “The answer of his people was only if they said: “Expel the Lot’s family from your village.” We are with you, we support you, and God is with you."
#WeareallIdrissa "The answer of his people was nothing but that they said, 'Expel the Lot's family from your village, for they are people who are deceived'.
— Mohamed Aboutrika (@trikaofficial) May 18, 2022
Kuwaiti club Al-Qadisiyah and Jordanian player Ahmed Al-Riyahi also participated in the circulating hashtag to express their full support for the Senegalese player in his position and their rejection of the attack against him.
In turn, Mahmoud Refaat, head of the European Institute of International Law and International Relations, defended Gay's behavior, saying: "The football player Gaye exercised his right when he refused to declare homosexuality because he is a devout Muslim, and at the same time did not offend any of the laws. The campaign against Idrissa is Illegal moral terrorism."
# We are all_Idris_Ghana #WeareallIdrissa pic.twitter.com/owUiH3JW2f
- Al-Fateh Saudi Club (@FatehClub) May 18, 2022
# We are all_Idris_Ghana 💛@IGanaGueye#WeareallIdrissa pic.twitter.com/LvLA2BSp6n
- Qadsia Sports Club (@QadsiaClub) May 18, 2022
#weareallIdrissa 🤍🤝 pic.twitter.com/lBwPGByojs
- Ahmed Al-Riyahi (@ahmedalreyahi) May 18, 2022
you are right.@IGanaGueye#WeareallIdrissa pic.twitter.com/tYH14al4Lq
— Nawaf Al-Aqeel (@nawaf__oga) May 18, 2022
Whoever wears the ihram naturally refuses to wear a rainbow to support gays
, Idrissa Gueye refuses to support them, so we must support him
- Sami Al-Qurashi (@samialqorashi) May 18, 2022