Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has explained his shocking trophy celebration after the World Cup final was in response to France supporters booing him.
After another stunning penalty shootout performance, and a crucial save in extra time to deny France a winner, the Aston Villa goalkeeper was awarded the tournament’s Golden Glove award.
After accepting the award on stage, the 30-year-old lowered the trophy to his groin and thrust it towards the crowd – a repeat of his controversial celebration having picked up the same accolade at the Copa America last year.
Last night’s edition however was a response to jeers Martinez received from the French support.
Explaining the gesture, he told Argentine radio station La Red, via AS: ‘I did it because the French booed me. Pride does not work with me.’