2022: PSG-Real, the success of the extension
This is perhaps the strongest non-transfer of French football. On Saturday, May 21, Kylian Mbappé, smiling, formalized in front of the public in the Parc des Princes, delighted, the extension of his contract with Paris-Saint-Germain until 2025. After his aborted transfer to Real Madrid in In the summer of 2021, however, the striker was announced alongside the Spanish capital, especially after the elimination of PSG in March in the Champions League by Real. It is enough to infuriate the Madrid fans, accusing the French of having yielded to the tickets of the Qataris. Javier Tebas, president of the Spanish Football League, one of the richest on the continent, even said he wanted to file a complaint against the Parisian club. According to him, they constitute the salary drifts of the PSG “a danger to European football”.
2021: In the final of the League of Nations, a goal was lost
You don’t have to go far to find another controversy between Kylian Mbappé and Spanish football. On October 10, 2021, in Milan, Italy, France won the final of the League of Nations against Spain (2-1). But the winning goal, scored by Mbappé, seems messed up by an offside position. Calmness and misunderstanding in Madrid. “They’re destroying football,” title, the day after the match, the sports newspaper signal. In question, an abstruse rule: “ridiculous”, according to the Spanish press – on which the English referee was based and which allowed to validate the goal. The European Football Association (UEFA), which organizes the competition, will later ask the international federation to change the rule, which is considered contrary to the spirit of the game.
2017: Barça-PSG, the slap in the face of the “comeback”
The case seemed folded. After a demonstration against FC Barcelona in the first leg at the Parc des Princes (4-0), Paris-Saint-Germain opened their doors to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. But in the return match, on March 8, 2017 at the Camp Nou, the Catalans are offered an incredible comeback (6-1), with two penalties and three goals in the last ten minutes. Arbitration is going badly on the French side; PSG have lodged a complaint with UEFA, the competition’s organizer, which has been closed without further action. Since then, relations between PSG – which recruited Neymar in the summer of 2017, one of the architects of this crazy afternoon – and Barça have often been frozen. And the word “comeback” entered the Larousse dictionary in 2021.
2016: Roselyne Bachelot, on clay
Opposite discussions can be expensive. Former Minister of Health and Sports (2007-2010) Roselyne Bachelot, a columnist turned D8 time, had the bitter experience. During a March 8, 2016 broadcast, he lamented the lack of transparency in tennis on the issue of doping. “We don’t reveal positive controls,” she says. Before adding: “We even know more or less that the famous injury of Rafael Nadal, which led to a seven-month stoppage of the competition. [en 2012-2013], it is certainly due to a positive control. » The Nadal clan is outraged and has filed a complaint. On November 16, 2017, Ms. Bachelot was ordered to pay 10,000 euros in damages to the Spaniard for defamation.
2012: “Les Guignols deinfo” in the syringe
Joke under the Pyrenees, unworthy fault beyond. On February 6, 2012, cyclist Alberto Contador was suspended for testing positive during the 2010 Tour de France. A sketch shows the muscular Rafael Nadal urinating in the tank of his 4 × 4, before being struck by police at 280 kilometers per hour. He calls in Madrid, where the Minister of Foreign Affairs speaks “deep ethical failure”. For all my fault, on February 8, “Les Guignols” staged Spanish athletes, including the tennis player, signing a request for support from Contador, with syringes instead of pens. And the PPDA puppet to comment: “The only thing that is not strengthened in Spain is its economy. »