Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Nightmare Soccer Moms

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One of the surprise stories coming out from EURO 2020 is the report of the contentious behavior by Veronique Rabiot, the mother of France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, towards other players’ family members during the national team’s quarterfinals loss to Switzerland. Family members of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were the primary targets of her anger and rebuke.

Many of us are all too familiar with the unfortunately common scenario of nightmare parents in sports. It can even be presumed that the majority of these incidences probably stem from a good place. Perhaps unintentional, it is likely attributed to a parent’s desire to look out for the well-being and secure the best possible scenario for their child. 

During France’s loss to Switzerland and shock exit from EURO 2020, it was reported that Veronique Rabiot clashed with Paul Pogba’s family after shouting at him for losing the ball which led to Switzerland’s third goal. She then confronted Pogba’s mother Fayza Lamari and engaged in a verbal spat.

This prompted a strong reaction from Pogba’s relatives, who did not take kindly to the undue criticism. The player’s brothers responded to her by shouting back during the exchange. The confrontation may have originated from earlier in the match when Pogba’s family members reacted loudly and negatively to some of Adrien Rabiot’s mistakes. The incident had security officers stepping in to request that everyone calm down for the remainder of the match. 

The argument in the stands was oddly similar to 

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