French sports minister slams Emi Martinez for trolling Kylian Mbappe


    Emi Martinez held a doll with Kylian Mbappe's face next to Lionel Messi during Argentina's World Cup parade
    Emi Martinez held a doll with Kylian Mbappe’s face next to Lionel Messi during Argentina’s World Cup parade

    French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said she may contact her Argentine counterpart over the ‘vulgar’ taunting of France forward Kylian Mbappe by some Argentina fans in Buenos Aires as they celebrated the return of the World Cup winners.

    During Argentina’s jubilant homecoming, a group of fans set alight a makeshift coffin lid adorned with a cross and picture of Mbappe, while Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez clutched a toy baby with Mbappe’s face on it during an open-top bus parade through the capital.

    Images of both went viral on social media and Oudea-Castera told RTL Radio she was looking at the issue.

    ‘I am not ruling out discussing this with my counterpart,” she said, adding that France’s soccer body had also written to Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), over the affair.

    ‘I find all of this quite pitiful,” she added.’

    Martinez, meanwhile, also drew the ire of former France centre-half Adil Rami who was disgusted by the former Arsenal’s goalkeepers antics.

    Adil Rami has slammed World Cup bad boy Emiliano Martinez and has labelled the Aston Villa goalkeeper ‘the biggest s*** in world football’.

    Kylian Mbappe returned to PSG earlier this week following his World Cup heartbreak
    Kylian Mbappe returned to PSG earlier this week following his World Cup heartbreak (Picture: Getty)

    Rami, 36, who plays as a centre-back for Ligue 1 club Troyes and has 36 caps for France – helping them win the previous World Cup in 2018 – was furious with Martinez and said: ‘The biggest s*** in the world of football.

    ‘The most hated man. Mbappe traumatized them so much that they celebrate the victory against our team more than their World Cup.’

    Rami took another dig at Martinez by posting a picture of Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou on social media with the caption: ‘This is the Golden Glove.’

    Morocco stunned the world with an incredible run to the semi-finals but were beaten by eventual runners-up France.

    Martinez will now turn his attention back towards the Premier League with Aston Villa hosting Liverpool on Monday.

    Unai Emery’s side are 12th in the table after winning five, drawing three and losing seven of their opening 15 games.

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