Paris: Muslim team players willing to play gays
Update to: Paris: Muslim football club refuses to play against gays
"We are 14 in the team who don't agree with this controversy. We can play this match," the players of the Muslim team told RMC radio, which organized a meeting between the players of both teams on Tuesday, October 6th.
The boycott was strongly condemned by SOS Racisme, who called for sanctions against Créteil Bébel. SOS Racism said the remarks were disgraceful, and that the position of the club on homosexuality was close to that of the more classic extreme-right.
Rama Yade, Secretary of State for Sports, asked what's next? they'll refuse to play against Blacks and Jews. Communatarism has no place in sports, and it isn't a Republican attitude to refuse to play for religious reasons.
The captain of Créteil Bébel, Ben, regrets the controversy. He told RMC he has two children in school who have heard about it all. Most of the team were indeed shocked that this team calls themselves Foot Gays, but they do not support their official's mail.
According to RMC, the players of Créteil are ready to play the match to 'show they're not homophobic'. Ben says: We'll play a match of eleven against eleven and the strongest will win.
Source: Le Nouvel Obs (French)