Ligue 1 player gets ban for taping LGBTQ+ logo

Monaco’s Mohamed Camara has been suspended for four matches, the French football league (LFP) said on Thursday, after an LGBTQ+ support logo on the Mali international’s shirt was covered up during a Ligue 1 match.

The badge on Camara’s shirt was covered with white tape in Monaco’s last league match of the season on May 19, in which he netted a penalty in their 4-0 home win against Nantes.

“After hearing the player Mohamed Camara, and noting his refusal during the meeting to carry out one or more actions to raise awareness of the fight against homophobia, the Commission decided to impose a four-match suspension,” the LFP said in a statement.

French sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra had called for “the strongest sanctions” against the 24-year-old. After Oudéa-Castéra’s comments, the Malian Football Federation issued a statement in support of the player.

“It is important to remember that players are citizens like any others, whose fundamental rights must be protected in all circumstances,” the federation said

On Thursday, Monaco CEO Thiago Scuro said the club supported the French league’s LGBTQ+ support campaign.

“It was a personal initiative from Mo Camara,” Scuro told French media. “We will have this conversation with Mo internally. Internally, we will discuss this situation.”

Camara’s management agency, Unique Sports Group, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last year, several Ligue 1 players refused to take part in a gesture of support for LGBTQ+ inclusion that called for players to wear a shirt with a rainbow-coloured number on the back.

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