France's 'ugly scenes' emerge as Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane involved in bust-ups

Arguments broke out between members of the France squad as Didier Deschamps’ side suffered an early exit from Euro 2020.

Les Blues were the favourites to win the tournament before a ball had been kicked, but were dumped out of the competition by Switzerland in the Round of 16 on Monday evening.

France had gone behind in the match, but scored three second-half goals to take a 3-1 lead.

Two goals in the final nine minutes saw the Swiss issue an unlikely response as the tournament favourites switched off in key moments.

This resulted in members of the France squad arguing on the pitch in an incident describes as “ugly scenes”, with Adrien Rabiot and Paul Pogba heard insulting each other, according to reports in France.

It is claimed that Rabiot was believed to be frustrated with the defensive work of Pogba, meanwhile defender Raphael Varane exchanged words with full-back Benjamin Pavard.

Pavard responded to this criticism by blaming Pogba’s lack of defending – something Varane later backed up.

France were unable to find a way past Switzerland in extra-time, resulting in a penalty shootout taking place.

Kylian Mbappe saw his decisive spot-kick saved by Yann Sommer, on the back of a disappointing tournament for the PSG striker.

The 22-year-old was unable to repeat his heroics of the 2018 World Cup, which saw him score four times on the way to glory in Russia.

Mbappe has since provided his thoughts on his missed penalty, sharing the following message on Instagram: “Very difficult to turn the page. The sadness is immense after this elimination, we were not able to achieve our objective.

“I am sorry for this penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed. It will be hard to sleep but sadly these are the risks of this sport that I love so much.

“I know that you the fans are disappointed, but I would still like to thank you for your support and for having always believed in us.

“The most important thing will be to get up even stronger for the challenges to come. Congratulations and good luck to Switzerland.”


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