Why did Giroud storm off midway through France interview?

Date published: Thursday 29th March 2018 12:14

France forward Olivier Giroud threatened to leave a post-match interview halfway through in a spat after Les Bleus’ win over Russia.

The Chelsea man, who was only a sub in the 3-1 win, took offence after being stopped in the mixed zone in St Petersburg.

Giroud apparently noticed the reporters’ eyes drawn to fellow striker Kylian Mbappe,who walked past them in the background, and then he stormed off.

“You want to see him? Go see him then!” said Giroud, as he made for an early getaway before being convinced by one of the reporters to come back.

Someone, believed to be a reporter, is heard saying: “No, no, no. I talk to you, OK?”

Giroud then somewhat begrudgingly returned to finish the interview.

The 31-year-old, who left Arsenal for Chelsea in January, was only a second-half sub in the 3-1 win on Tuesday with Kylian Mbappe (2) and Paul Pogba scoring the goals.


Giroud had started the 3-2 defeat to Colombia last week and scored before being left out by Didier Deschamps in France’s second World Cup warm-up game.

The former Arsenal man is hoping to get into Deschamps 23-man squad for Russia, but given his latest reaction the targetman may well be feeling the pressure with competition for places fierce.

Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezman, Alexandre Lacazette, Wissam Ben Yedder, Anthony Martial, Thomas Lemar and Florian Thauvin are all gunning for places in attack for Russia.


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