« I cannot reword »

Le défenseur de l’équipe de France, Jean-Clair Todibo, au centre d’une polémique pour avoir rigolé durant la minute de silence avant le match Pays-Bas – France en hommage aux victimes du conflit entre le Hamas et Israël et de l’attentat commis à Arras, est sorti du silence.  

On Monday, he apologized and explained that he had a « nervous laugh ». Jean Clair Todibo addressed his laughter during the minute of silence for the Arras attack.

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Just a reminder, the player had a nervous laugh when seeing themselves on the giant screens.

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« I wanted to express myself today regarding the magnitude of the situation and the interpretation of the situation, which is quite crazy. I had a nervous laugh during that minute of silence, but in no way was I mocking the current situation. The context was unique, as we were among opposing supporters who had made certain jokes, and that nervous laughter came out. I would like to apologize to anyone I may have offended, it is the least I can do. Let there be no misunderstanding about that, » stated the Nice player, who came forward to explain himself at the beginning of the press conference before the friendly match between France and Scotland on Tuesday in Lille.

He says « touched ».

« I am deeply affected because it tarnishes the education my mother gave me, » he added. « Some have said that I laughed during that minute of silence because I was mocking the death of a teacher, but it should be known that my mother has been working in the education system for 20 years and I have immense respect for these people. It could have happened to my mom. It bothers me because it reflects an image that is not mine. I believe I am a boy with a very good education and with respect for the people in front of me. »

Before Todibo’s apologies, the national ethics council of the French Football Federation had sent a letter to the player, urging him to explain himself and reserving the right to refer the matter to the disciplinary committee of the FFF.

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