LGBTQ group file complaint against Egypt striker Mostafa Mohamed, two other Ligue 1 players

AFP and Ahram Online , Wednesday 5 Jun 2024

A French group campaigning against homophobia in football filed a complaint on Wednesday against FC Nantes Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed, Monaco’s Malian midfielder Mohamed Camara, and his Algerian counterpart at Lille Nabil Bentaleb and their clubs for "public provocation of hatred due to sexual orientation".

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File Photo: FC Nantes Egyptian striker Mostafa Mohamed in action. Photo courtesy of Mostafa Mohamed Instagram.


The 'Bleus et Fiers' (Blue and Proud) association have taken aim at Mohamed, Camara and Bentaleb and their respective teams Nantes, Monaco and Lille, along with the French League (LFP), over their behaviour during and after an anti-homophobia campaign in Ligue 1 on 19 May, a source close to the case told AFP.

The Egyptian striker who excelled with FC Nantes this season was not included in the squad for their match against Monaco on the final day of Ligue 1.

The group claimed that the Egyptian international "refused to play the match to avoid wearing the t-shirt with the messages of the fight against homophobia" for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, Mali midfielder Camara was banned for four matches by the LFP for not supporting the French league campaign against homophobia by hiding the logo on the front of his shirt as he played for Monaco against Nantes in the final game of the season.

The 24-year-old also chose not to participate in a group photo in which both teams stood behind a banner to support the LGBTQ community.

The 'Bleus et Fiers association believe the punishment handed out by the LFP was not harsh enough.

The Malian player could have received a 10-match suspension under the disciplinary scale of the French Football Federation.

Lille's French-born Algerian midfielder Bentaleb, 29, was accused of dodging posing in a photo in front of the LFP's anti-homophobia banner.

'Bleus et Fiers' also filed a complaint against the players' clubs, Monaco, Nantes and Lille for alleged "lack of strong reactions" and "complacency".

Monaco's general manager Thiago Scuro said after the game that Camara did not take part in the campaign "for religious reasons".

The Riviera outfit had apologised and indicated possible internal sanctions against the player.

The LFP is accused of not making "a report to the public prosecutor regarding any criminal behaviour, in this case aggravated by sexual orientation or gender identity".

The LFP did not wish to comment on this case but has pointed out its awareness workshops against homophobia, racism, and anti-Semitism in all professional clubs.

To date, 89 workshops have been organised in 32 different clubs with the participation of players, managers, and supporters.

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