Srinagar, October 26: France’s World Cup winning footballer who plays for Manchester United, Paul Pogba has decided to quit France National football team in protest against France President Emmaunuel Macron’s comments against Islam following beheading of French English teacher.
According to various Middle Eastern news sources, the World Cup-winning midfielder, who is a convert to Islam, ‘resigned’ after the comments made by Macron in a highly-controversial speech on Friday.
Pogba reportedly is also not happy with French government’s decision to grant the country’s highest honour on the teacher who had shown images of the prophet Muhammad (SAW) to schoolchildren in his class before being beheaded by a Muslim protestor who was offended by his actions.
Samuel Paty, 47, was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 kilometres northwest of Paris.
He was awarded the French Legion d’honneur, the highest decoration bestowed by the French state, in recognition of the fact that he died trying to explain the importance of freedom of speech.
Macron described the murder as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’ that took the life of the French teacher and later added: ‘Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.’
Pogba’s resignation was published on Sunday in the Arabic sports website, which said that the decision to give the teacher the Legion d’honneur and the comments were the motivation for his decision to stop playing as a French international.
It said Pogba considered the decision as an insult to him and to French Muslims, especially since Islam is the second religion in France after Christianity. There are an estimated six million Muslims in the country.
Calls are growing meanwhile around the world for people to boycott French goods in the wake of the president’s comments accusing Muslims of separatism and he pledged not to give u
(With inputs from Daily Mail UK)