France stars subject to 'disgraceful' racist abuse following World Cup defeat, there's no room for this in football
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The football world has condemned racist comments made towards two French stars following their heartbreaking defeat to Argentina in the World Cup final.
France suffered a 4-2 penalty shootout loss to Lionel Messi’s men after a 3-3 draw was played out over extra time.
It was perhaps one of the greatest World Cup finals of all-time that saw Kylian Mbappe score a hat-trick and Lionel Messi cement his position as one of the greatest in history.
However, the final has been overshadowed by racial abuse directed towards French pair Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni.
Both players were unsuccessful from the spot, with Coman’s effort saved by keeper Emiliano Martinez and Tchouameni’s spot kick being placed wide.
In the aftermath, the players suffered ‘disgraceful’ comments on their social media as fans reacted to the defeat.
The messages brought back memories of the vile abuse English trio Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho suffered following the European final.
All three players also missed spot-kicks in the final against Italy.
Coman’s club side Bayern Munich were quick to come out with a statement of support for the winger, condemning the actions of those online.
The Twitter account wrote: “FC Bayern strongly condemn the racist comments made towards Kingsley Coman. The FC Bayern family is behind you, King. Racism has no place in sport or our society.”
FC Bayern strongly condemn the racist comments made towards Kingsley Coman.— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) December 19, 2022
The FC Bayern family is behind you, King. Racism has no place in sport or our society. pic.twitter.com/9Mvhrt0Zc9
Football fans online also came out to condemn the messages calling them ‘disgraceful’ and ‘disgusting’.
One fan wrote: “These racist comments on some of the France player's Instagram posts. Disgusting. Tchouameni and Coman, head up.”
Another said: “So Coman & Tchouameni have been racially abused online. Disgraceful.”
A third tweeted: “Heartbreaking day but to those spreading racist comments to Tchouameni and Coman can go to hell.”
A fourth added: “The racist abuse received by Tchouameni, Kolo Muani, and Kingsley Coman on social media today is aching.”
Tchouameni took to Instagram to reveal his thoughts following the World Cup defeat.
He wrote: “Bitterness and frustration will take time to digest. Until the end, we will try everything, tried everything. I took responsibility it didn't work out and I'm the first to apologise.
"But I am convinced that the future of the French Team is bright, especially if we can count on you by our side.”