Sat 24 December 2022 | 9:12

Patrick Vieira: Emiliano Martinez's World Cup celebrations were stupid

France and Arsenal great Patrick Vieira criticised Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez over his World Cup celebrations.




4-2 on penalties following an entertaining 3-3 draw in Sunday's World Cup final.

Albiceleste's goalkeeper

Emiliano Martinez

saved Kingsley Coman’s penalty and Aurelien Tchouameni’s attempt went wide.

Martinez called for a moment of silence for Kylian Mbappe in the dressing room after the final and also was seen holding a bizarre doll with Mbappe's face on it in the victory parade.

"When you talk about the abuse and the comments that [Mbappe] received after the World Cup, I think that is damaging the game and himself,"

 the Crystal Palace manager said on Friday.

"Some of the pictures that I saw from the Argentina goalkeeper took away a little bit from what Argentina achieved at the World Cup.

"I don't think they really needed that. Sometimes, you can't control people's emotions or decisions, but that was a stupid decision from Martinez to do that. I was really disappointed.

Vieira, who won the 1998 World Cup with France, added:

"I want to have a picture of the Argentina fans with the passion and the love they showed during those games. Of course, they won the World Cup, but in the stands, they were the best as well.

"I want to keep that in my mind and not think about those stupid fans who put some darkness on top of what Argentina achieved on and off the field. This is the dark side of the Argentina World Cup win."

source: SportMob

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