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'Justice' for multi-racial World Cup winners

July 16,2018 17:21

A comment heralding the multicultural French World Cup winners has provoked an online debate about racism and immigration. Shortly after France beat Croatia on Sunday, Khaled Beydoun an American author on Islamophobia, called for "justice" for the ...


'Justice' for multi-racial World Cup winners
By Rozina Sini BBC News

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Image caption France's Paul Pogba celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal at the World CupA comment heralding the multicultural French World Cup winners has provoked an online debate about racism and immigration.
Shortly after France beat Croatia on Sunday, Khaled Beydoun an American author on Islamophobia, called for "justice" for the diverse team.

The post has been retweeted more than 163,000 times and gained 370,000 likes since being posted on Sunday following France's 4-2 victory.
The French team is being recognised as one of the most multicultural teams in the competition - 15 out of the 23 players in the national squad can trace their heritage back to Africa, mainly from French colonies.
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Image caption Kylian Mbappe, the youngest footballer since Pele to score in a World Cup final, has parents from Cameroon and AlgeriaMany people on social media were keen to point out that despite their African roots, the men were "first and foremost French", while others blasted Beydoun for using sport to score political points.
Some believed the tweet would harm race relations in a country where the issue is already controversial following the recent migrant crisis and a number of terror attacks.

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