You would of thought, Muslims would understand how it feels to be discriminated against…
A gay amateur soccer team in France says its members were targets of homophobia when a team of Muslim players refused to play a match against them.
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The Paris Foot Gay team received an e-mail from the Creteil Bebel club canceling a match scheduled for last Sunday.
Paris Foot Gay who defends the right to difference “was confronted last week with a homophobic reaction. The team had to face in the Cup tournament in Paris, Créteil Bébel team. Only yesterday, the club president learned by mail that his opponents boycotted altogether. The team Bébel Créteil, composed of practicing Muslims, refused to lare facing as their “beliefs are far more important than a football match” and that therefore they could not play against Paris Foot Gay.
It is not a simple package, but a homophobic decision because the team refuses to confront the Paris Foot Gay because of the homosexuality of his players.
In a statement available on its website, the Paris team calls “the League signataire of the Charter against homophobia, appropriate penalties. “The statement said that” homophobia is liable to criminal prosecution as well as racism. “
The Foot Recreation Committee, organizer of the match, said he is amazed and replay the match. In case of refusal, Créteil Bébel risk exclusion from the championship.
A refusal by receding RMC however, players are disconnecting from their mail dirigeant and wishing to play this game.
“Because of the principles of our team, which is a team of devout Muslims, we can’t play against you,” the e-mail said, reports the Associated Press. “Our convictions are much more important than a simple football match.”
“We have been insulted in the past, but this sort of thing has never happened,” Pascal Brethes, chairman and cofounder of PFG, told Reuters.
Creteil Bebel defended their pullout, claiming they had a right rooted in their religious convictions to cancel the match.
“As a Muslim, I have the right not to play against homosexuals because I don’t share their ideas,” Zahir Belgarbi, one of the team directors, said on France Bleu radio.
According to the Associated Press, Belgarbi went on to apologize if “anyone felt upset or hurt.”