Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez is the subject of an official complaint from the French Football Federation over his mockery of Kylian Mbappe.
France star Mbappe scored a hat-trick in the World Cup final and brought his country back from the brink twice in regular time and extra time, but that was not enough as Argentina won on penalties.
Martinez subsequently made headlines for several moments from his home, and the Aston Villa goalkeeper was photographed calling for a “minute of silence for Mbappe” in the dressing room on Sunday.
Martinez was seen at the victory parade on Tuesday carrying a doll with Mbappe’s face on it, sparking widespread outrage in France.
Now, speaking to Ouest-France, FFF President Noel Le Graet has revealed that he has opened formal proceedings with his Argentine counterpart Claudio Tapia over Martinez’ behaviour.
Le Graet said: “I wrote to my counterpart from the Argentine Federation, I find these excesses abnormal, in the context of a sporting competition, and I find it difficult to understand them.
“This is going too far. Mbappe’s behavior was exemplary.”
Given that Mbappe got Martinez to score the ball out of his own net four times in a World Cup final, including three penalties into the same corner, many were quick to point out that the Frenchman may be living in Argentina’s head for free.
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Others have pointed out that the continued taunt is a response to comments made by Mbappe earlier this year.
In an apparent search of South American countries, Mbappe suggested that European teams were better prepared for the World Cup because they play “high level matches against each other all the time”.
Martínez objected to this view at the time and replied: “He doesn’t know enough about football. He’s never played in South America.”
“When you don’t have that experience, it might be best not to talk about it. But it doesn’t matter. We are a great team and recognized as such.”
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