More than 500,000 people have signed an online petition launched in Argentina, asking France to “stop crying” after their defeat in the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar.
“Since we won, the French have not stopped crying and complaining and do not accept that Argentina are world champions,” said Valentin Gomez, the initiator of the petition, which has collected 570,768 signatures on the Change.org website.
Polish referee Simon Marciniak, who refereed the final last Sunday, sparked criticism in France, especially over his decision to award a penalty kick to “Albiceleste” after Osman Dembele fouled Angel Di Maria in the first half.
The French expressed their regret for the “lack of fitness” of some Argentine players in the celebration after the coronation, especially goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.
A few days ago, more than 200,000 people in France signed a petition addressed to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) to demand a replay of the final match in the Qatar World Cup between France and Argentina.
The petition claims that the arbitration in the match is unfair, because the Argentine penalty kick “was not there,” in addition to that there was a mistake on Mbappe before Di Maria’s goal, according to the petition.
Despite the large number of signatures on this petition, the chance to replay the match is non-existent, and this has never happened before with more controversial decisions such as the penalty kick that awarded Germany the World Cup at the expense of Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final, in addition to the expulsion of Argentine players in the final.