Paris St-Germain’s Idrissa Gueye refused to play in a match to avoid wearing a rainbow symbol in support of LGBTQ+ rights.
The 32-year-old former Aston Villa and Everton midfielder was absent from last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Montpellier.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino said only that Gueye missed the game for “personal reasons”.
The French Football Federation (FFF) has reportedly written to Gueye to clarify why he was absent.
Crystal Palace’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Watford’s Ismaila Sarr have posted on social media in apparent support of their Senegal team-mate’s stance.
Kouyate posted a picture of himself alongzside Gueye on Instagram, with a caption calling Gueye “a real man”. Watford winger Sarr also posted a picture of him and Gueye accompanied by three heart emojis and the caption “100%”.