Jailyne Daniels misses North Carolina Courage game after refusing to wear Pride jersey

Jailyne Daniels refused to play for the North Carolina Courage in an NWSL game against the Washington Spirit on Friday because her team was wearing the Pride jersey.

The Courage held its first Pride Night Friday around the game, but a team spokesman told WRAL-TV in North Carolina that Daniels, 29, a devout Christian, had opted not to participate.

“Jileen will not be rostered tonight because she has chosen not to wear our Pride jersey,” the spokesperson said. ‘While we are disappointed with his choice, we respect his right to make that decision for ourselves.

‘We’re excited to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community with our fans, players and staff tonight and look forward to hosting our first Pride Festival ahead of kickoff.’

The match ended in a 3-3 draw. This isn’t the first time Daniels has refused to play in matches used to show solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community.

In 2017, he declined a callup to the United States for a sport where the shirt would have rainbow colors on it.

Jailyne Daniels missed the North Carolina Courage’s latest NWSL game on Friday because she didn’t want to wear rainbow colors on her shirt

The Courage wore rainbow colors for his match with the Washington Spirit which went 3-3.  ended on

The Courage wore rainbow colors for his match with the Washington Spirit which went 3-3. ended on

And in 2015, after gay marriage was legalized in the United States, she tweeted: ‘This world is going farther and farther away from God…Can only be continued by believers to pray.’

There was controversy over Courage’s signing in football’s off-season last December, and Daniels responded with a statement: ‘I am committed to my faith and my desire for people to know what I mean to them. Love is not based on their belief system or sexuality.

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‘I pray and firmly believe that my teammates know how much I respect, respect and love them.’

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

‘We’ve spent the last few days reading your messages and reflecting on your actions. We are very sorry for all those we have hurt, especially those in the LGBTQIA+ community.

‘The decision to re-sign Jaleen was not made lightly and involved significant negotiations between the organization’s leadership and Jaleen. The priority expressed in those conversations is the safety of our players and maintaining an inclusive, respectful place for the entire team.

Courage's decision to re-sign Daniels last December received controversy from fans.

Courage’s decision to re-sign Daniels last December received controversy from fans.

Daniels tweets that the world is turning 'away from God' after gay marriage was legalized in 2015

Daniels tweets that the world is turning ‘away from God’ after gay marriage was legalized in 2015

Players recalling the games used to express solidarity with the gay community are not unheard of.

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

Josh Aloi, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Houmol Olakou’Atu, Tolu Koula and Tofofoa Sipley all declined to play against the rosters last Thursday due to the club’s decision to don the rainbow-inspired Pride jersey.

Seven Stars cited cultural and religious reasons for their decision, sparking widespread debate in Australia. Manly coach Des Hasler admitted that the saga had hit a nail in his squad.

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“We have a little work to do,” he said, before revealing the week was “emotional on various aspects”. I’m just being honest… but as long as we all have empathy for each other, we will get there.’

In France in May, midfielder Idrissa Gué missed Paris Saint-Germain’s league game with Montpellier because of what was widely reported to be his refusal to wear rainbow colours.

His manager at the time, Mauricio Pochettino, said that Guay was “missing for personal reasons, but he was not injured”.

Guye is a devout Muslim and he regularly shares messages about his faith on his social media platforms.

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

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

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

Idrisa Guay reportedly missed PSG's 4-0 win over Montpellier because she didn't want to wear a rainbow-colored shirt

Idrisa Guay reportedly missed PSG’s 4-0 win over Montpellier because she didn’t want to wear a rainbow-colored shirt

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

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

In Guay’s native Senegal, homosexuality can result in five years of imprisonment and same-sex marriage is not legal.

In February in Senegal, a protest organized by ultra-Orthodox Muslim groups in the capital of Dakhar was attended by thousands of people, demanding harsher punishments for the LGBTQ community.

Guay appears to have the support of Senegalese teammates Chekhou Kouyte and Ismaila Sarr.

Sarr posted a photo of himself standing next to Guy on Instagram, accompanied by a fist emoji, three heart emojis and the words: ‘100 percent’.

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And Guye’s fellow midfielder Couete also uploaded a picture of himself with the 32-year-old to the social media platform, calling him a ‘real man’, and ‘we wholeheartedly support you brother’.

Guye could return to the Premier League this off-season – his old team Everton are interested in signing him again.