World Cup: Ruthless striker Mbappe absolves France FA from blame over Fifa rule breach

World Cup: Ruthless striker Mbappe absolves France FA from blame over Fifa rule breach


Kylian Mbappe has declared he is ready to front up the fines the France Football Federation will be hit with after he refused to show up for media duties earlier in the tournament. As per Fifa rules, the official man of the match at every World Cup game must take part in a post-game press conference but in Mbappe’s case – he has decided to focus on his football.

Mbappe was named the man of the match as France thrashed Australia 4-1 and he was also given the accolade when he netted twice in France’s 2-1 victory over Denmark in Group C. But in both instances, Mbappe decided against speaking to the media and part of his reason is believed to be because Fifa are sponsored by Budweiser.

The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has made it his own personal mission that he does not want to endorse anything related to alcohol and gambling during his career – a stance he is determined to stick to in Qatar.

Now he has sensationally declared he is willing to personally pay any fine that FFF are slapped with himself, due to his antics.

“People have been asking why I haven’t appeared in front of the media,” said Mbappe after scoring twice in France’s 3-1 win over Poland. “I just needed to focus on the tournament and on football. When I want to concentrate, that is how I do it. I heard the FFF is going to get fined, so I will pay it as I don’t think the FFF should pay on my behalf. This is the competition of dreams and I’m delighted to be here and I wanted to be ready. I’ve been preparing all season, physically and mentally, but we are still a long way from the ultimate objective.”

Mbappe was on target twice again as France dispatched Poland 3-1 in the last 16 to set up a quarter-final clash with England next weekend. The 23-year-old has now scored nine World Cup goals having also netted four times in Russia four years ago as Les Bleus lifted the trophy. He now needs just seven World Cup goals in the rest of his career to match Miroslav Klose’s record of 16 for Germany.

But Mbappe claims he has no interest in records or winning the Golden Boot as he focuses his efforts on helping France defend their World Cup.

“The only objective for me is to win the World Cup,” added Mbappe.  “I came here to win the World Cup, not the Golden Boot. That’s not why I’m here. I’m here to win with the team. If I win the Golden Boot, then I’d obviously be happy, but the team is the most important thing. We’re delighted to reach the quarter-finals. We scored the goals at important moments and we ended up winning, so we’re delighted with that.”

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