Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has expressed his displeasure towards the decision of awarding 2021 Lev Yashin Trophy to PSG Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma instead of Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy. Evra believes that The Blues’ goalkeeper was more worthy of the award but he did not receive it due to his skin tone. Patrice Evra reckoned that Edouard Mendy was deprived of the award due to the inherent systematic racism that exists prominently in European football.
Patrice Evra blasted the organizers for not awarding Edouard Mendy
Patrice Evra is quite vocal about any issues in the world of football and this time was no exception as he slammed the organizers. The Frenchman criticized the attitude in football towards the Africa Cup of Nations:
“Also the goalkeeper… what about Edouard Mendy? You know, but of course, African Cup, we are the monkeys so no one respects this competition. We are the only competition where you have to leave your club, leave for three weeks and play that cup because in Africa we always have a little space. But things will change, things will change.”
Edouard Mendy had a great year at Stamford Bridge. He helped The Blues to win the Champions League and was stood his ground at the goal on which Chelsea’s defense got set the foundation. However, the prize went to PSG’s Gianluigi Donnarumma, who won the European Championships with Italy this summer.
Mendy was ranked in second place behind Donnarumma and above Jan Oblak, who came third. Jan Oblak won the La Liga trophy with Atletico Madrid last season. Donnarumma, who bagged the award, won no club honors with AC Milan last year.
Chelsea goalie Edouard Mendy is France-born but plays for his native country Senegal, while Patrice Evra was born in Senegal but represented France. Mendy has played 16 matches in Senegal outfit. He is also expected to be a part of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon that is scheduled to commence on January 9.
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