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13:33 | 30th March 2017

News: World

Thu 9 Sep, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Yoann Lemaire, who is gay, has played at Chooz for 14 years, but the club says it won't register him again to avoid any "trouble" with his teammates

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Gay football organisation calls for sanctions on French amateur club

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A French amateur club has refused to register a homosexual player, leading to a gay football organisation to ask the French Football Federation to impose sanctions.

The organisation, Paris Foot Gay, said Wednesday that club FC Chooz should be punished "to help the football world to realise that homophobia is as bad as racism and anti-Semitism."

Yoann Lemaire, who is gay, has played at Chooz for 14 years, but the club says it won't register him again to avoid any "trouble" with his teammates.

Lemaire told the AFP: "I'm sorry, I just wanted to play football with my friends,"

He is yet to decide whether to take them to court or not.

"Go to court, for what? The only thing I like is that the ministry, the federation and Paris Foot Gay (PFG), the gay football club from the capital, to work together against homophobia,"

French Junior Sports Minister Rama Yade has also called for action to be taken against the club from eastern France.

Source: CP

 

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