France footballers Kingsley Coman and Aurelien Tchouameni were subjected to abhorrent online racist abuse after their failed attempts to convert penalties during Sunday’s World Cup final defeat against champions Argentina.
Coman’s club Bayern Munich have taken a stance against racism, posting a message of solidarity and support for the 26-year-old, unequivocally condemning the unfair racist comments made toward him.
“The FC Bayern family is behind you, King. Racism has no place in sport or our society,” they said on Twitter.
In the fallout of the defeat and the responses online, Tchouameni disabled the comments function on his Instagram account.
The same was done by Randal Kolo Muani, who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and who came on as a substitute in the final by manager Didier Deschamps.
The incident follows the same racist abuses directed at England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after their Euro 2020 final defeat against Italy last year. All three players endured scathing criticism on social media after failing to convert their penalties in the shootout, causing their team’s defeat.