Just after France won the world cup by beating Croatia on Sunday, Khaled Beydoun an American author wrote thus:
Congratulations on winning the #WorldCup. 80% of your team is African, cut out the racism and xenophobia. 50% of your team are Muslims, cut out the Islamophobia. Africans and Muslims delivered you a second World Cup, now deliver them justice.
The post has been retweeted more than 163,000 times and gained 370,000 likes since being posted on Sunday following France’s 4-2 victory.
The French team is being recognised as one of the most multicultural teams in the competition – 15 out of the 23 players in the national squad can trace their heritage back to Africa, mainly from French colonies.