Noël Le Graet wrote to the Argentine federation to condemn provocations that went “too far”

The France-Argentina final of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will remain decidedly separate. The president of the French Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graet, has decided to write to the Argentine Federation following the taunts directed at the Albiceleste players, especially the French striker Kylian Mbappé.

“I wrote a letter to my colleague from the Argentine Federation, I find these excesses abnormal in the context of a sports competition and I find it difficult to understand. This is going too far. Mbappé’s behavior was exemplary.explained Noël Le Graet in an interview published on Thursday, December 22 on the newspaper’s website Western France.

During the parade of Argentine players, winners of the World Cup by beating France in the final, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was seen holding a doll representing a baby whose face had been covered by an image of Mbappé.

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In the aftermath of the final, “Dibu” Martinez had already openly mocked the French star, author of three performances in the match and a successful shot on goal, chanting in the dressing room: “A minute’s silence… for Mbappé who has died”before being followed by his teammates.

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Through his provocative attitude during the penalty shootout and after the match, the Argentine goalkeeper crystallized a certain dislike among the French supporters.

At home on Thursday, in Mar del Plata, in southern Argentina, the one named the world’s best goalkeeper expressed his pride at being the first. “Marplatense” world champion. “Not only for me, but for all the children, the little goalkeepers who dream of going for the fourth star”Emiliano Martinez said in front of 100,000 people, according to local media.

“On penalty kicks I become strong and I know people respect me, I know that because opposing players have told me so.”, he declared. By popular demand, he sparked a standing ovation from the crowd by performing the swaying little dance move he had performed at the World Cup after one of France’s missed shots on goal.

Among the provocations that characterized the celebration of the Argentine title, the former Albiceleste striker Sergio Agüero, who was in Qatar with the Albiceleste, in a video broadcast live on Instagram, had addressed the French midfielder Eduardo Camavinga from “cock head” (“Cara de pinga”). “I have nothing against him and it’s a joke (…) he always joked about his name. Don’t look for trouble”he justified himself on Twitter.

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Asked about this in an interview given to Sud Radio, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire believed that the attitude of the Argentine players was “unworthy”. “What is FIFA doing? Sport is fair play, it’s respect for others, it’s respect for those who have lost, we don’t want to add insult to disappointment.he said Thursday.

The world with AFP

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