Nantes striker Mostafa Mohamed has been fined by his club after refusing to play at the weekend in a protest against an anti-homophobia campaign in France’s Ligue 1.
The club says Mohamed will be punished financially for refusing to play against Toulouse for personal reasons at a time when FC Nantes are fighting to avoid relegation.
Nantes added that the money would be donated to a charity that supports members of the LGBTQ community who are victims of discrimination.
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The numbers on shirts of all players in France’s top two divisions, as well as armbands worn by captains and officials, were rainbow-coloured as the French league staged a campaign against homophobia.
The rainbow-adorned shirts will be sold at auction with the proceeds going to three charities active in fighting LGBTQ discrimination.
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