Egypt’s Mostafa Mohamed fined for boycotting anti-homophobia campaign

Egyptian Forward Mostafa Mohamed has been fined by Nantes for his refusal to participate in last weekend’s anti-homophobia campaign.

The 25-year-old FC Nantes striker didn’t feature during Les Canaris’ 0-0 draw against FC Toulouse on Sunday, but will be available to feature against Montpellier on Saturday.

L’Équipe are reporting that Mohamed will only be fined by his club, and will not be sidelined from the group as is the case at Toulouse who have suspended players who refused to partake in last weekend’s campaign.

The Egypt international explained his decision not to participate in Sunday’s game saying that whilst he respects “all differences, all beliefs and all convictions” he had to “respect [his] personal beliefs.”

“Given my roots, my culture, the importance of my convictions and beliefs, it was not possible for me to take part in this campaign,” said Mostafa.

Mostafa wasn’t the only player to refuse to take part in the match, which saw all players wear shirts adorned with the colours of the rainbow.

Morocco’s Zakaria Aboukhlal & Mali’s Moussa Diarra all refused to play, and their club Toulouse has announced that they have been suspended.

Mostafa is currently on loan at Nantes from Galatasaray. The deal includes an option to make the move permanent for €6m.

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