Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Muslim football team refuses to play opposite gay team claiming it's "against their principles"

Bebel, a football team consisting mainly of Muslim members, refused to play opposite the gay team, Paris Foot Gay (PFG: pictured). The Bebel football team claim it's "against their principles".

AFP reports:
(Creteil, France) A gay football club in a Paris suburb have protested to local league chiefs after being snubbed for a scheduled match by a fellow league side. Paris Foot Gay (PFG) were set to play fellow Creteil side Bebel, who are composed of mainly Muslim players, but the evening before the match Bebel cried off. Paris Foot Gay (PFG) said they received an e-mail from Bebel which said they could not honour the match because it was "against their principles".

"Sorry, but because of the name of your team and in keeping with the principles of the team, which is a team of practising Muslims, we cannot play against you," said the e-mail, according to PFG's co-founder and current president Pascal Brethes. It added: "Our convictions are stronger than a game of football. Sorry to have informed you so late."

Paris Foot Gay (PFG) believe the decision was "homophobic", and have threatened to press charges "if Bebel continue to carry on like this", according to Brethes. He said his team was a haven for all kinds of races and also welcomed non-gay players, and he believes Bebel's decision contravenes laws governing racism and homophobia. READ MORE