Patrick Vieira said on Saturday that Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez’s celebrations were “stupid” and tarnished Argentina’s victory in the World Cup final.
The Crystal Palace manager, himself a World Cup winner with France in 1998, was speaking at the press conference ahead of the Premier League meeting between London rivals Palace and Fulham.
“It was a stupid act”
“Some of the pictures I’ve seen of the goalkeeper kind of spoil what Argentina achieved at the World Cup,” Vieira said. “I don’t think they needed it. Sometimes you can’t control the actions based on emotions. But it was a stupid move, I think, on Martinez’s part,” he added.
After Argentina’s victory over France in the World Cup final (3-3 after 4-2 on penalties), the goalkeeper was pictured making a rude gesture with the Golden Glove trophy awarded to the best goalkeeper of the tournament. Then, in Buenos Aires, during the Albiceleste victory parade, we could see Martinez holding a doll whose face was covered with a photo of Kylian Mbappé, and again having ambiguous movements.
A “pitiful” Martinez, according to Amélie Oudea-Casteran
Martinez will return to his club in Birmingham next week, where his manager Unai Emery has said he intends to speak to him about his controversial behaviour.
“When you have a big feeling, sometimes it’s hard to control it,” Emery said. “I will talk to him next week about some celebrations, but I respect that at the moment he is in a national team shirt and when he is with us he will be our responsibility so we can talk about it. »
France’s sports minister, Amélie Oudea-Casteran, was much more scathing about Martinez’s behaviour. “I think it’s pathetic,” she said. “It’s just vulgar, inappropriate, really not up to the occasion. This Emiliano Martinez doesn’t stand out. It’s pretty pathetic.”