Paris Saint-Germain striker, Kylian Mbappe tested positive for Coronavirus on Monday September 7, just hours after he was pictured hugging and touching France team-mates in training.
The 21-year-old trained with his teammates and even hugged PSG teammate Presnel Kimpembe before touching and larking around with Lille star, Jonathan Ikone.
He was also pictured stretching in the middle of a group of teammates before he was sent home with immediate effect after returning a positive result.
The France national football team is yet to address those he got in contact with, but Mbappe will miss France’s Nations League clash with Croatia later today.
A statement from the FFF read: “Kylian Mbappe will not participate in France-Croatia, Tuesday evening at 8.45pm at the Stade de France.
“The result of his Covid-19 test, carried out by Uefa on Monday morning, was found to be positive, he was placed away from the group after receiving the results, at the end of training, before regaining his home in the evening.
”Like the entire delegation, Kylian Mbappe had undergone a test prior to meeting. The result was negative, like the one last Wednesday, at the request of Uefa.”
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo fail to make UEFA’s Champions League positional awards shortlist for the first time
Arch-rivals, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have failed to make the final shortlist for UEFA’s positional awards next month.
The awards will recognise the top performers in each at the 2019-20 Champions League campaign, and both Messi and Ronaldo missed out on the final shortlist due to their devastating Champions League campaign.
It is the first time the Barcelona and Juventus superstars failed to make the final shortlist for their position.
Champions League champions, Bayern Munich dominated the 12-man list with seven players nominated across the four categories.
Bayern’s star, Manuel Neuer is up for the best goalkeeper award, against PSG’s Keylor Navas and Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak.
David Alaba, Alphonso Davies, and Joshua Kimmich dominated the defender list while Thomas Muller and Liverpool-bound Thiago Alcantara are up against Manchester City star, Kevin De Bruyne for best midfielder.
Robert Lewandowski is the favourite to win the UEFA’s best forward award will battle it out with PSG duo Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
Neymar and four other players banned over PSG brawl as LFP investigates racism allegations
The LFP Disciplinary Committee in France has revealed punishment for the players involved in the mass brawl that overshadowed Paris Saint-Germain’s clash with Marseille last weekend.
Neymar was one of five players sent off after a fight broke out between Argentine pair Dario Benedetto and Leandro Paredes and then extended to other players at the end of PSG’s shock 1-0 defeat to Marseille last Sunday.
On Wednesday, September, 16, the French football governing announced PSG full-back, Layvin Kurzawa, has been slapped with a six-game ban for his role after he kicked Jordan Amavi.
Amavi was slapped with a three-match ban with Marseille team-mate Dario Benedetto receiving a one-match ban.
Brazilian striker, Neymar, who was caught by VAR hitting Marseille defender Alvaro Gonzalez during the clash, received a two-match ban with a suspended sentence with Leandro Paredes handed the same punishment.
Neymar accused Gonzalez of racially abusing him during the clash. He claimed Alvaro called him a ‘monkey son of a b****’, but Gonzalez has since denied the claims.
The LFP will investigate those allegations against the Spanish defender, and also look into claims filed by Marseille that PSG star Angel Di Maria spat at Gonzalez.
New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman insists he has a good relationship with Lionel Messi
New Barcelona manager, Ronald Koeman, has insisted that there is no animosity between himself and Barcelona favorite Lionel Messi, weeks after the Argentina captain chose to abandon his plans to leave the club.
Messi informed the club he wanted to leave Barcelona of at the end of last season, after the club humiliatingly lost 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Messi, 33, after long discussions between his dad and the club board revealed that he would remain at the club than become embroiled in a messy legal battle with the club he has been at since 13.
Messi has now returned to Barcelona ahead of the new season with his future in doubt, having entered the final season of his contract.
Koeman, brought in to replace Quique Setien after the defeat to Bayern, has said that any conflict that existed was between the player and club, and that he and Messi have spoken multiple times since he decided to stay at Camp Nou.
“That has passed me reasonably well,” Koeman told Fox Sports.
“That was mainly a conflict between Messi and the club. I have spoken to Messi since then and we will continue as usual.”
Messi has said Barcelona’s poor recruiting in recent seasons was one of the reasons he wanted to leave but Koeman says the club appear likely to begin the new season with the squad they currently have.
“We are now working towards the new season and I assume that we are going to do it with this group with which we are the preparation,” Koeman added.