World Cup 2022: out of silence, Mbappé will not ultimately pay a fine

World Cup 2022: out of silence, Mbappé will not ultimately pay a fine

He came to clear up a misunderstanding. Sunday evening, after a double and an assist against Poland (3-1), Kylian Mbappé was once again named man of the match. The third time in a row for him when he kicked off in this World Cup: after Australia, Denmark and therefore against the partners of Robert Lewandowski. The first two times, the crack passed through the mixed zone (the place for post-game interviews), the Budweiser trophy in hand, the commercial godfather of this distinction.

It is customary for the lucky winner to come to a press conference, after or before the coaches of the two countries concerned, to comment on his performance under the terms of three questions, not one more. After Tunisia’s victory against the Blues (1-0), Wahbi Khazri explained that his team came out top of the test in Qatar.

The PSG striker had never come before the media until now. He decided, before the competition, to focus 100% on the World Cup, a tournament that he has checked in his mental and physical preparation since last summer. In this case, Fifa, organizer of the event, can sanction with a fine of 10,000 euros the supervision of the selection concerned, the French Federation (FFF) in this case.

Mbappé no longer wants to appear for the one who can cause problems

“I wanted to express myself first before the first question, slipped Sunday evening the best player in Qatar. Why didn’t I talk until now? It was nothing against journalists and people. I just had and still have this need to focus on the competition, I need to do it 100% and not waste energy on something else. I learned that the French Federation was going to take a fine, so I agree to pay them personally instead of the FFF. The FFF does not have to pay for a personal decision. »

According to our information, the authority of the boulevard de Grenelle in Paris received only a letter of warning precisely from Fifa, manifestly more prompt to answer on this point than to the complaint filed by the France after the imbroglio at the end of the match against Tunisia, with the goal denied to Antoine Griezmann. Video assistance was used while the game had resumed, which normally is not possible. The world body had also warned the selections before their arrival in Doha in a document that there was no obligation for the man of the match to pose alongside the Budweiser trophy, aware that some footballers do not like not specifically associate their name or image with a brand of alcohol.

Kylian Mbappé had a message to deliver. He no longer wants to appear for anyone who can pose a problem, even a minor one. And he does not want to let the public think so, or some of his detractors at the FFF, such as Florence Hardouin, the general manager, who had little taste for her twice questioning of the convention on the right to image of the Blues. Tired of the controversies linked to his club or the selection since the start of the season, he absolutely wants this World Cup to confirm or remind what he is above all: one of the greatest players on the planet, even the greatest , according to taste. To be talked about only for its performance and its exploits. It was his goal. Seems like he’s extremely punctual to his appointment.