The French Football Federation (FFF) have condemned in strong terms the racist abuse aimed at Kylian Mbappe and winger Kingsley Coman, and they have vowed to go after social media trolls who target national team players. This comes in the aftermath of the team’s loss to Argentina in the World Cup final on Sunday.
The Federation said on Tuesday that some players were targeted by “unacceptable racist and hateful comments on social networks” and it was stated that they planned to file a complaint against those who posted the abuse.
Bayern Munich, who are Coman’s employers also condemned the racist comments targeting the winger, who was one of the French players who missed during the penalty shootout of Sunday’s final. A tweet from the club’s official Twitter account read “The FC Bayern family is behind you, King. Racism has no place in sport or our society,”.
French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera also voiced her support to Coman and the other players abused, via Twitter saying the heinous comments “have no place in soccer or anywhere else.”
SOS Racisme, which is an Anti-Racism group said in a statement that the players involved have had to disable comments on their Instagram accounts, because of racist abuse sent their way which include comments likening the players to apes, slaves, and some urging them to “go back to the jungle”.
Despite the loss in the final to Argentina, the French team was given a warm reception back home in Paris on Monday night with thousands of fans cheering them during an appearance at the Place de la Concorde.