Former Black Stars midfielder Michael Essien has deleted a social media post in support of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) community in Ghana.
The former Chelsea player became the first football star in the country to openly declare support for the group in Ghana but has since deleted the post after receiving a barrage of criticism and insults from numerous followers on his account.
Essien in a social media post assured the group of his support and urged them to continue fighting for their rights.
“We see you, we hear you, we support you. Our LGBTIA community in Ghana,” a post on the Black Stars legend Instagram account read.
Essien has subsequently lost over three hundred thousand followers on his Instagram and Twitter pages after his post supporting the LGBTQ+ group in Ghana.