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Jaelene Daniels misses North Carolina Courage’s game after REFUSING to wear a Pride jersey

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Jaelene Daniels refused to play for North Carolina Courage within the NWSL game against Washington Spirit on Friday because her team were wearing a Pride jersey.

The Courage held its first ever Pride Night on Friday across the game but a spokesperson for the team told WRAL-TV in North Carolina that the 29-year-old Daniels, a devout Christian, had chosen to not participate.

‘Jaelene won’t be rostered tonight as she has made the choice to not wear our Pride jersey,’ the spokesperson said. ‘While we’re disillusioned together with her alternative, we respect her right to make that call for herself. 

‘We’re excited to rejoice the LGBTQIA+ community with our fans, players and staff tonight and sit up for hosting our first ever Pride Festival before kickoff.’

The match finished in a 3-3 draw. It is not the primary time Daniels has refused to play in matches used to point out solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.

In 2017, she refused a callup for america for a game where rainbow colours would have been on the shirt.

Jaelene Daniels missed North Carolina Courage’s latest NWSL game on Friday because she didn’t need to wear the rainbow colours on her shirt

The Courage wore rainbow colors for their match with Washington Spirit that ended 3-3

The Courage wore rainbow colours for his or her match with Washington Spirit that ended 3-3

And in 2015, after same-sex marriage was legalized in america, she tweeted: ‘This world is falling farther and farther away from God… All that might be done by believers is to proceed to hope.’

There was controversy when she signed for the Courage in soccer’s offseason last December and Daniels responded with a press release saying: ‘I remain committed to my faith and my desire for people to know that my love for them is not based on their belief system or sexuality.

‘I pray and firmly imagine that my teammates understand how much I cherish them, respect them and love them.’

The Courage also apologized to supporters. It said: ‘In response to the recent news of re-signing Jaelene Daniels, we as a club acknowledge the impact this announcement has on our community. 

‘We have spent the past few days reading your messages and reflecting on our actions. We’re very sorry to all those we have now hurt, especially those inside the LGBTQIA+ community.

‘The choice to re-sign Jaelene was not made frivolously and included significant conversations between organization leadership and Jaelene. The priority expressed in those conversations is the security of our players and maintaining an inclusive, respectful space for the complete team.’

Courage's decision to sign Daniels again last December was met with controversy from fans

Courage’s decision to sign Daniels again last December was met with controversy from fans 

Daniels tweeted that the world is falling 'farther away from God' after same-sex marriage was legalized back in 2015

Daniels tweeted that the world is falling ‘farther away from God’ after same-sex marriage was legalized back in 2015

Players selecting to miss games which are used to precise solidarity with the gay community isn’t unheard of. 

Last week in Australia, seven players for Australian rugby league team Manly Sea Eagles refused to wear rainbow colours. 

Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolu Koula and Toafofoa Sipley all refused to play against the Roosters last Thursday on account of the club’s decision to don rainbow-inspired pride jerseys.

The seven stars cited cultural and non secular reasons for his or her decision which has stirred widespread debate in Australia. Manly coach Des Hasler admitted the saga had driven a wedge in his squad.

‘We have got a little bit of work to do,’ he said, before revealing the week was ’emotional on different elements. I’m just being honest…but so long as we’re all sympathetic to one another’s cause, we’ll get there.’ 

In France in May, midfielder Idrissa Gueye missed Paris Saint-Germain’s league game with Montpellier on account of what was widely reported to have been a refusal to wear rainbow colours.

His manager on the time, Mauricio Pochettino, said Gueye was missing for ‘personal reasons, but he isn’t injured’.

Gueye is a devout Muslim and he commonly shares messages about his faith across his social media platforms. 

In some Islamic countries, homosexuality is illegitimate and even punishable with the death penalty.  

Last week in Australia, seven players for Australian rugby league team Manly Sea Eagles refused to wear rainbow colors for a game

Last week in Australia, seven players for Australian rugby league team Manly Sea Eagles refused to wear rainbow colours for a game  

Idrissa Gueye reportedly missed PSG's 4-0 win over Montpellier because he didn't want to wear a shirt with rainbow colors on

Idrissa Gueye reportedly missed PSG’s 4-0 win over Montpellier because he didn’t need to wear a shirt with rainbow colours on

The PSG side took to the pitch in the special shirts ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, on Tuesday May 17

The PSG side took to the pitch within the special shirts ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, on Tuesday May 17

In Gueye’s native Senegal, homosexuality may end up in five years imprisonment and gay marriage isn’t legal.

In February in Senegal, there was a protest organised within the capital of Dakhar by ultra-conservative Muslim groups that was attended by 1000’s, calling for harsher punishments for the LGBTQ community.

Gueye appeared to have backing from Senegal team-mates Cheikhou Kouyate and Ismaila Sarr. 

Sarr posted an image of himself standing next to Gueye on Instagram, with a fist emoji, three heart emojis and the words: ‘100 per cent’.

And Gueye’s fellow midfielder Kouyate also uploaded a photograph of himself with the 32-year-old on the social media platform, calling him ‘an actual man’, and adding ‘we wholeheartedly support you brother’.

Gueye could move back to the Premier League this offseason – his old team Everton are excited by signing him again. 

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