France have lodged a formal complaint against Argentinian goalkeeper Emi Martinez’s taunting of Kylian Mbappe following the World Cup final defeat, after he held a doll with a star’s face on it during of the victory parade and having organized a fake minute of silence for him
Emiliano Martinez is the subject of an official complaint by the French FA for his actions in the wake of his country’s World Cup victory over France, after constantly mocking striker Kylian Mbappe.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper was spotted wearing around a doll with Mbappe’s face taped to it during the celebrations in Buenos Aires and even called for a mock silence in the locker room after the game.
Accordingly, it was marked the ‘the most hated man in football” by 2018 World Cup winner Adil Rami, with the Argentine goalkeeper continuing to fan the flame with his conduct.
Emiliano Martinez’s taunts at Kylian Mbappe after the final resulted in an official complaint from the French FA
French FA president Noel Le Graet (right) claimed Mbappe’s behavior in the middle was exemplary
Noel Le Graet, president of the French Football Federation, explained how he wrote an official letter of complaint to his Argentinian counterpart Claudio Tapia to illustrate his views on the matter.
“I wrote to my counterpart in the Argentine Federation, I find these deviations abnormal, in the context of a sports competition, and I find it difficult to understand,” he told Ouest-France.
‘This is going too far. Mbappé’s behavior was exemplary.
As well as his taunts targeting Mbappe, Martinez was also criticized for making a rude gesture with the trophy Golden Glove – something he has since claimed was in response to French boos during the game.
Emiliano Martinez has mocked Kylian Mbappe after Argentina’s World Cup triumph on Sunday by calling for a minute’s silence for the Frenchman as his side celebrated in their dressing room.
The 24-year-old – who won the Golden Boot despite not lifting the Trophy in Qatar – offered nothing in response to Martinez’s taunts and has in fact returned to training at PSG more sooner than expected.
Martinez was also visibly pumped up in the penalty shootout and performed incendiary dance moves to celebrate Aurelien Tchouameni’s failed attempt, much to the chagrin of Les Bleus fans.
A French minister has also asked FIFA to investigate Emiliano Martinez after his actions after Argentina won the World Cup final against France.
Martinez was also pictured making the rude gesture with his Golden Glove award after the World Cup final
‘What is FIFA doing? Sport is a matter of fair play,” said Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy, Finance and Recovery on South Radio.
“It’s showing respect for others. It’s showing respect for those who have lost.
There had been tension between the pair ahead of their meeting on the pitch on Sunday after the Frenchman claimed European sides were better placed in major tournaments than their South American opponents.
Martinez risked further boring French supporters by celebrating a missed penalty while dancing
And Martinez was clearly annoyed by the comments, responding: “He doesn’t know football enough.” He never played in South America.
‘When you don’t have that experience, maybe it’s best not to talk about it. But that doesn’t matter. We are a great team, recognized as such.
However, the goalkeeper was seen in conversation with his defeated opponent after the fateful penalty shootout – in which Mbappe slotted the ball past Martinez for the fourth time in the game.
Martinez was also seen consoling Mbappe after France’s brutal World Cup defeat but the Villa keeper taunted him afterwards.