Kylian Mbappé thought of quitting as an international after the European Championship: “The chairman thought there was no racism”


Kylian Mbappe thought about retiring as a French international after the European Championship last summer. The president of the football association FFF has confirmed this in French media. And then Mbappé himself responded.

Jonas Withouck

“He (Mbappe, ed.) felt that the union had not defended him after all the criticism,” Noël Le Graët told the newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche† “He was angry and said he didn’t want to play for France anymore, which of course he didn’t mean,” said the president of the French federation.

On social media, Mbappé confirmed on Sunday that he was indeed considering quitting, but he also added a solid nuance. “I got him (Le Graet, ed.) well explained that it had to do with racism and NOT with the penalty,” said Mbappé. “But he thought there was no racism.”

A clear signal from Mbappé, who missed the decisive penalty that eliminated France in the 1/8th final against Switzerland. Afterwards, the star attacker received a storm of criticism and many racist comments were also made on social media.

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