South American football is furious against Wenger

Comebol, the South American football confederation, denounced in a statement the remarks made by Frenchman Arsène Wenger, Fifa’s director of development, on the difference between European football and the rest of the world.

The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) vehemently criticized on Tuesday the “very unfortunate words” of Arrsène Wenger, Fifa’s director of development, which had made the final distinction between “Europe” and “the rest of world “. “Conmebol rejects and condemns the very unfortunate statements of the top Fifa official, very close to the presidency of the institution” occupied by Swiss Gianni Infantino, the confederation said in a statement.

Wenger said at a German coaches’ conference on May 24 in Friborg: “French striker” Kylian Mbappé has African origins, but he was formed in Europe. If he had been born in Cameroon, he wouldn’t have been did not become that player “. “There is Europe and the rest of the world, and the rest of the world needs help, otherwise we lose too much talent,” added the 72-year-old former French coach Arsenal.

Conmebol, chaired by Paraguayan Alejandro Dominguez, believes that Wenger, “in addition to revealing an unusual ignorance of the precious contribution of African players to world football, especially to European football, is proving to be a defiant party that has made inroads. the efforts of footballers and sporting institutions that are not in Europe. The most reflective prejudices are disguised as ‘grounded’ and ‘informed’ reflections. “

An attitude “that stems from the belief that the world begins and ends in Europe”

“We, the South Americans, know very well and first of all this kind of attitude that gives rise to the belief that the world begins and ends in Europe,” added Conmebol. “The talent, the spirit of sacrifice and the desire to excel of African and South American players must be valued and respected,” she added.

The South American Confederation also complained that neither it “nor its member federations had been solicited for an opinion or analysis” on the subject of authorizing the five replacements, decided by the International Board (Ifab ), guaranteeing the laws of football, Monday in Doha. Fifa holds four out of eight votes in Ifab’s decisions, the other four being the historic property of the English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish federations.

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