Arsène Wenger has not made many friends in Conmebol in recent days. The French technician, now FIFA’s director of development, was fired by the South American Football Confederation, who regretted Wenger’s “very unfortunate remarks”, which had made him stand out in May. Europe ”and“ the rest of the 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 would not have 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 sports institutions that are not in Europe. The most reflective prejudices are disguised as well -founded and informed reflections ”.
“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.