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I wanted to quit France national team due to racist abuse, says Mbappe – Sporting Life


Kylian Mbappe has said he almost quit the France national team after receiving racist abuse following his penalty miss at Euro 2020.

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The world champions were eliminated by Switzerland at the round of 16 stage last June after Mbappe’s spot kick was saved by Yann Sommer during a shootout.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet claimed in a newspaper interview released on Sunday that Mbappe was thinking about retiring from international football after the tournament because of the lack of support he received following the crucial penalty miss.

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Le Graet said: “I met with him after the Euros, he felt the Federation had not defended him after his missed penalty and the criticism on the networks.

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“We met for five minutes in my office. He was angry, he didn’t want to . for the French team any more — which he obviously didn’t mean.

“You know how it is, he’s a winner, he was very frustrated, like all of us, by the elimination. He’s so media-friendly. He’s a great guy, much more collective than people think.”

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However, Mbappe has taken to Twitter to say it was because of the racial abuse he received rather than solely because he wasn’t supported after his miss.

The Paris Saint-Germain star wrote: “Yes finally I explained to him (Le Graet) above all that it was in relation to racism, and NOT to the penalty.

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“But he considered that t. had been no racism…”

Le Graet has previously said racism in football does not exist.

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He told BFM Business in September 2020: “When a black .er scores a goal, the whole stadium is on its feet.

“This phenomenon of racism in sport, and in football in particular, does not exist at all or barely exists.”

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Mbappe, 23, has been capped 57 times by his country. He was part of France’s World Cup-winning team in 2018.

 

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