RMC Sport report that a handful of Ligue 1 captains failed to abide by the request of the LFP governing body last night to wear multi-coloured armbands in a sign of respect to the LGBTQ+ community.
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco), Jérémy Morel (Lyon) and Fayçal Fajr (Caen) started the match with a normal armband. Others, like Edinson Cavani (PSG) and Valentin Rongier (Nantes) wore the armband for the 1st 45 minutes, before taking it off for the second half.
In Toulouse vs Marseille, Dimitri Payet and Max-Alain Gradel combined the two: wearing both at the same time, the regular one covering half of the multi-coloured one, with Gradel taking the latter off at some point during the contest.
So why was the league’s request not respect? People responding to RMC were quick to deny that it had anything to do with ideology. A source at Caen said Fajr must have simply forgotten to put it on: “In matches like this (where you are playing for survival), you don’t think about anything else. Fayçal must have forgotten it…”
Other players claim that it was too big and armband and was uncomfortable – this was apparently the case for Edinson Cavani (PSG) and Valentin Rongier (Nantes), the latter explaining: “It was not holding very well. I had to take it off after 20 minutes. But it was a good idea, like when we wore multi-coloured laces.”
At Monaco, Falcao viewed the armband to be too big to fit on his biceps. So manager Leonardo Jardim, on the touchline, wore it instead: “I used Falcao’s armband. What’s important is that someone from the club wore it and applied what the league demanded.”