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Mohamed Kamara was suspended for taping an LGBTQ+ logo on his jersey during the Monaco match

Mohamed Kamara was suspended for taping an LGBTQ+ logo on his jersey during the Monaco match

Monaco midfielder Mohamed Kamara has been suspended for four matches for concealing an LGBTQ+ support slogan on his shirt this month, the French Football Federation (LFP) announced on Friday.

According to Reuters (h/t espnThe Spanish Football League issued a statement regarding its decision, saying: “After listening to the player Mohamed Camara, and noting his refusal during the meeting to take one or more measures to raise awareness of combating homophobia, the committee decided to impose a four-match suspension.”

During Monaco’s 4-0 win over Nantes on May 19, Kamara notably played with two large pieces of white tape covering the LGBTQ+ logo on the chest of his shirt.

Thiago Scuro, Monaco’s chief executive, said his club supports the pro-LGBT Ligue 1 Foundation before adding: “It was a personal initiative by Mo Camara. We will have this conversation with Mo internally. Internally, we will discuss this situation.”

Kamara, 24, has spent the past two seasons at Monaco after previously playing for Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg.

In a 4–0 season-ending win over Nantes, Kamara scored his first and only goal of the season from the penalty spot.

Kamara also stars for the Malian national team, and has received support from the Malian Football Federation, which issued the following statement: “It is important to remember that players are citizens like everyone else, and their fundamental rights must be protected in all circumstances.”

This is not the first time a Ligue 1 player has opted out of a show of support for the LGBTQ+ community.

Per Reuters (h/t espn(), Several Toulouse players last year refused to wear colored numbers on their shirts, including defender Zakaria Aboukhalal, who decided not to play in that particular match.

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