Mbape accuses French federation leader of ignoring racist abuse

France striker Killian Mbape drives the ball during the UEFA League of Nations – Group A football match between France and Croatia at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris on June 13, 2022 ( Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

French national Killian Mbape on Sunday accused the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) of ignoring racist abuse after missing his penalty at Euro 2020.

The decisive point kick of the star of Paris Saint-Germain against Switzerland was saved in the 16 finals, which led to the departure of the world champion from the tournament.

The 23-year-old footballer was reprimanded on social media by angry fans and even considered leaving the national team as a result.

In an interview with a Sunday newspaper, FFF President Noel Le Graet spoke of Mbape’s lack of support since the euro’s elimination, but failed to mention the racist violence he received, annoying the French striker.

Le Gre said that “he (Mbape) believes that the federation did not protect him after his missed penalty and criticism on social networks.”

“We met for five minutes in my office,” Le Gray continued, adding that the striker “no longer wanted to play for the French team – which he obviously did not think.”

On Sunday, Mbape responded on Twitter, regretting that Le Gre did not take into account the “racism” of which he was a victim.

“Yes, I finally explained to him (Le Graet), above all, that this is about racism, NOT the penalty,” Mbape said.

“But he thought there was no racism.”

Le Gre later told French radio that there was “no problem” between him and Mbape.

“I agree with him. I understood everything and there is no problem with Killian. I’ve always had a deep attachment to him. “

Last year, Le Gray talked about how the striker “hit” after missing the penalty.

“He came to the federation. He had knocked a little. The elimination affected him, especially the articles and comments, “Le Grey told AFP.

“My role was to show him love, to tell him that the federation is counting on him to recover. Defeat can’t change a career. “

As for the racist insults, “it may have affected him,” Le Grey continued, “but it was settled very, very quickly. The proof: it is competitive at a very, very high level.

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Le Gray was already criticized last September after declaring that racism in football “does not exist or almost does not exist”.

A few months before the Paris prosecutor’s office announced that it was investigating racist messages to certain French international players after the Euro.

On Saturday, FIFA published a report aimed at increasing the number of insults against players on social networks.

According to this study, 38 percent of them were racist in nature.

FIFA said that just five months after the World Cup in Qatar, they will work with the FIFPRO players’ union to implement a plan to protect players from abuse on social media.

This will include scanning recognized hate speech terms posted on identified social media accounts and, once detected, preventing this comment from being seen by the recipient and their followers.

The exchange between Le Gre and Mbape follows a period of disagreement over the image rights of players on the French team.

Mbape and his advisers would like to review and modernize the convention governing these rights.

On Saturday, at the end of the FFF General Assembly, Le Gre insisted that there would be no “change. At least until the World Cup. “

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