Rennes manager Bruno Génésio says anti-homophobia campaign is “not necessary”

This weekend’s league-wide anti-homophobia campaign, through which players wore rainbow-coloured numbers on their shirts and managers donned rainbow armbads, was ostensibly not met with unanimous approval across French football.

After several Toulouse players had refused to take part in the campaign, leading to their exclusion for the matchday squad against Nantes yesterday, Brest manager Eric Roy lamented its “timing” and claimed that the league authorities should “primarily take care of football”. This weekend was chosen because the 17th of May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. 

Rennes manager Bruno Génésio – whose side beat Troyes 4-0 on Sunday afternoon – has also voiced his dissatisfaction, calling the campaign “not necessary”, as reported by RMC. Neither Génésio nor captain Hamari Traoré were wearing the rainbow armband yesterday.

Although he indicated in his press conference that he was “personally against all forms of discrimination“, the coach also argued that an anti-homophobia campaign was beyond the remit of the LFP, the governing body of France’s two professional leagues.

“But I also think that we’re here to play football, and that’s the most important thing. Everyone is free to do and think as they want. We are against all forms of discrimination, but I’m not sure a day against homophobia is necessary. I think we’re all aware of it and there’s no point in displaying it all the time… You can also have lots of other causes for which we’d have a different shirt each week.”

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin 

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