Toulouse drop three players for refusing to wear rainbow colours

Three players of Coupe de France holders Toulouse refused to play in Sunday’s match against Nantes because they were required to wear rainbow colours on their shirts, as in all Ligue 1 matches this weekend.

The rainbow shirt numbers were part of an initiative by the league on World Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, which is celebrated on May 17. The three players who did not want to support this were left out of the squad and did not play.

Three players dropped in homophobia row

The players are Zakaria Aboukhlal, Moussa Diarra and Sad Hamulic. The club released a statement to confirm that some players would be missing the game on these grounds.

“Some players from the professional squad have expressed their disagreement with the association of their image with the rainbow colours representing the LGBT movement,” Toulouse said in a statement.

“While respecting the individual choices of its players, and after numerous exchanges, Toulouse Football Club has chosen to leave the said players out of the match.”

More problems at Stadium de Toulouse

But this was not the only problem with the match, which was delayed because of a bomb threat around the Municipal Stadium. The match, initially scheduled for 15:00, was delayed for an hour and a half.

Several suspicious packages were found and examined in the stands of the Nantes fans. In addition, almost two hundred supporters were forced to stay in their cars until further notice.

On top of that, a police officer and a Toulouse official got into an altercation and riots broke out between the two supporters outside the ground. The game, a rerun of the recent Coupe de France final (a 5-1 win for Toulouse) ended 0-0.

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