Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has spoken out about an indecent gesture he made during the awards ceremony after the World Cup final in Qatar. The football player became the best goalkeeper of the tournament and applied the prize – the Golden Glove – to the inguinal zone.
“Do I regret celebrating? Well, there are things I wouldn’t do again in the same way. I didn’t mean to offend anyone. Throughout my career I’ve played with the French and I’ve never had a problem,” Martinez said in an interview magazine France Football.
According to him, the gesture he made at the presentation of the prize to the best goalkeeper was a joke to his national teammates. The player also noted that he had done this before.
“I’ve done it before at the America’s Cup and they all told me ‘no way’ to do it again. Even Leo [Месси] said. I did it for them, nothing more. It lasted a second, and that’s it.” Martinez added.
By the way, the goalkeeper very vigorously celebrated the victory of the national team at the World Cup in Qatar. So, in the locker room after the final match, he offered to arrange a “moment of silence” in honor of the French striker Kylian Mbappé, and later, during the celebration in his homeland, Martinez walked around with a baby doll with the face of a French star player.