Furious France launch Emi Martinez complaint after Kylian Mbappe doll and minute silence

Emi Martinez has come under fire for trolling Mbappe by putting the striker’s face on a baby doll from French officials who demanded an explanation for the Argentina keeper’s actions

Furious French officials have launched complaints after Argentina ace Emi Martinez brutally trolled Kylian Mbappe after the World Cup final.

Argentina hoisted the World Cup trophy at France’s expense. And despite Mbappe getting the better of Martinez on three occasions in the game, the Argentina stopper went to extreme lengths to make fun of the defeated French striker.

Martinez held a mock one minute silence for Mbappe following his nation’s win on penalties, and brandished a baby doll with the face of the 25-year-old on it during Argentina’s victory celebrations. And the keeper’s actions haven’t gone down well with members of France’s hierarchy, who called for Argentina and FIFA to explain Martinez’s lewd behaviour.


The president of the French FA, Noel Le Graet, reached out to his Argentinian equal Claudio Tapia and said to Quest-France, via the Daily Mail: “I wrote to my counterpart from the Argentine Federation, I find these excesses abnormal, in the context of a sports competition, and I find it difficult to understand.

“This is going too far. Mbappe’s behaviour has been exemplary.”

Le Great’s fury was echoed by his compatriot Bruno Le Maire, the French Minister of the Economy who demanded to know what FIFA were doing about Martinez’s actions. he fumed on Sud Radio: “What is FIFA doing? Sport is about fair play. It’s showing respect for others. It’s showing respect for those who lost.”

Argentina hero Lionel Messi also came under fire from the French media who questioned why he allowed Martinez to mock his PSG team-mate. However, Golden Boot winner Mbappe appeared to be nonplussed by the drama and looked resilient as he returned to training with PSG just three days after France’s World Cup final loss, while Messi laps up the adulation from fans following his nation’s glory.

Argentina’s record scorer was swarmed by fans who blocked his driveway when he returned to his home in Buenos Aires following his heroics in the final. And there’s been reports that the South American nation are considering putting his face on the country’s banknotes to honour their icon.