Euro 2024: Philippe Diallo validates the “citizen’s freedom” of the Blues after their words on the legislative elections

Euro 2024: Philippe Diallo validates the “citizen’s freedom” of the Blues after their words on the legislative elections

From Düsseldorf (Germany) in the middle of a crowd of supporters, Philippe Diallo spoke. Questioned by our colleagues from RMC, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF) validated the recent speeches of the players of the French team. Three of them, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé and Marcus Thuram spoke about the current political situation.

“Players have expressed themselves, it is their freedom as citizens,” he said. This is the freedom of expression that the federation fully allows them. » He still wanted to recall the reason for his presence in Germany and what all the Euro supporters are singing behind him: this evening’s match. The Blues face Austria at 9 p.m. for their entry into the competition. “Now we are going to move on to sport, to the match,” he told RMC, “and to what we came for, that is to say playing football. »

“A crucial moment in the country’s history”

A little earlier in the afternoon, Spaniard Unai Simon was hostile to the political stance of French players. Asked about Mbappé’s speech, the Athletic Club Bilbao goalkeeper felt that the players “should leave politics to others”.

Mbappé spoke at the press conference this Sunday, June 16, from Düsseldorf. “We are at a crucial moment in the history of the country,” he said. You have to know how to sort things out and see your priorities. We are citizens above all, we must not be disconnected from the world.” He added: “I want to address all the French people and the young generation in particular. We see that the extremes are at the gates of power. We have the possibility to change everything. »

Earlier in the week, Marcus Thuram also showed himself inclined to speak out on the subject by taking a clear and unambiguous position: “We must fight every day so that this does not happen again [le RN en tête, comme aux élections européennes] and that the RN does not pass,” he said before confirming that he was not the only one in the locker room to think like that. “I have zero doubt that everyone thinks like me,” he added. It was Ousmane Dembélé who was the first to address the subject shortly before, inviting people to go and vote.

Next to it, there are those who, when questioned, had kicked in from the start, like Kingsley Coman and Dayot Upamecano. The two players did not wish to speak. “We focus on football and the competition. We don’t talk too much about politics,” assured the Bayern Munich striker. His club teammate said he “had not come to talk about politics but to talk about football”, whereas, as others show, doing both seems possible.

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