Footballer Mohamed Camara covers anti-homophobia badge during game

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 24: Mohamed Camara of Monaco looks on during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and AS Monaco (ASM) at Parc des Princes stadium on November 24, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Mali international and Monaco footballer Mohamed Camara was spotted wearing a shirt with tape covering a badge supporting the LGBTQ community during a game at the weekend.

Camara was playing against Nantes for French Ligue 1 side Monaco on Sunday (19 May), but, unlike his teammates, the badge on his shirt, with the word ‘homophobie’ – French for homophobia – with a red cross through it, was obscured.

Both team’s players were asked to participate in a pre-match photograph standing behind a banner supporting the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

The move was part of a league-wide enterprise to combat homophobia, an annual event in French football.

Camara, 24, opted out of the photograph, in addition to covering the logo on his team shirt.

Mohamed Camara, footballer for AS Monaco
Mohamed Camara plays for AS Monaco. (Getty)

Monaco coach Adi Hütter told France24: “First of all, I would like to say that we, as a club, support the operation organised by the league. For his part, it was a personal initiative. There will be an internal discussion with him about this situation.”

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Rouge Direct, a collective of Paris whistleblowers who seek to stamp out homophobia within football, took to X/Twitter to criticise Camara. Tagging France’s top league, they asked: “Are you interested in sanctioning these behaviours once in a while?”

Describing Camara’s action as unacceptable, French sports minister Amélie Oudéa-Castéra also called for disciplinary action against the midfielder.

Speaking to French radio station RTL, Oudéa-Castéra said: “Such behaviour must be met with the toughest sanctions both for the player but also for his club which allowed him to do it.”

Monaco won the game – the last of the season – 4-0 to finish runners-up in Ligue 1, behind Paris Saint-Germaine.

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