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    French federation to go after abusers of World Cup players

    PARIS (AP) – The French football federation wants to go after social media users who targetted some of the national team’s players with racist comments following France’s loss to Argentina in the World Cup final.

    The federation said yesterday that some players were hit by “unacceptable racist and hateful comments on social networks” and that it planned to file a complaint against those that posted abuse.

    “The French football federation condemns with the utmost firmness these intolerable behaviours and abuses,” it said in a statement.

    French government officials have expressed their indignation following the insults. Isabelle Rome, the minister in charge of gender equality, said Kylian Mbappe and Kinglsey Coman were among those abused.

    Mbappe and Coman are Black.

    France’s Matteo Guendouzi, Marcus Thuram, Randal Kolo Muani, Kingsley Coman, Raphael Varane, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud during a training session at the Jassim Bin Hamad stadium in Doha. PHOTO: AP

    Coman’s club, Bayern Munich, also condemned the racist comments targetting the winger, one of the French players who missed during the penalty shootout that decided last Sunday’s final.

    “The FC Bayern family is behind you, King. Racism has no place in sport or our society,” Bayern wrote on Twitter.

    French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera tweeted her support to Coman and all the players abused, saying the heinous comments “have no place in football or anywhere else”.

    Anti-racism group SOS Racisme said in a statement that some players had to disable comments on their Instagram accounts because of “a torrent of racist slurs, with hundreds of users on the social network posting comments likening them to apes, slaves, or even urging them to go back to the jungle”.

    The NGO said it will file a complaint. France twice fought back for a 3-3 draw through extra time in Qatar before Argentina won a penalty shootout to cap one of the most exciting finals in World Cup history.

    Coman had an attempt saved by Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez and Aurelien Tchouameni then missed for France.

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