The joke did not happen. PSG coach, Christophe Galtier, sparked the controversy on Monday, August 5 at a press conference. Asked about his team’s air travel, the coach explained that the club is thinking of moving “on a yacht” in the future. As the climate emergency has become a hot topic and private jet flights by the wealthy are dividing the political class, Christophe Galtier’s response has sparked outrage. Franceinfo reviews this outing in four acts.
1The director of TGV-Intercités accuses PSG of sulking the train
It all starts with a video of the Parisian outlet posted on social networks by the Parisian outlet, Marco Verratti, on the PSG plane. We see the players, relaxed, during a flight between Paris and Nantes, Saturday, for matchday 6 of Ligue 1. the director of TGV-Intercités, Alain Krakovitch, recovers. “Paris-Nantes is less than two hours away by TGV, I once again renew our proposal for a TGV offer adapted to your specific needs, for our common interests: safety, speed, services and eco-mobility”he suggests.
Paris-Nantes is less than 2 hours away by @TGVINOUI. @PSG_interiorI renew our offer proposal again #TGV tailored to your specific needs, for our common interests: safety, speed, services and green mobility https://t.co/FJCW6M7Mwe
— Alain Krakovitch (@alainkrakovitch) September 4, 2022
twoKylian Mbappé and Christophe Galtier ironic at a press conference
On Monday night, the team’s star striker and his coach appear before the press to talk about the Champions League match against Juventus Turin. They are questioned about Alain Krakovitch’s message. Kylian Mbappé and Christophe Galtier exchange a look, the striker bursts out laughing as the coach tries to contain himself. He answers : “Excuse me, I suspected that we were going to have this question, to be very honest with you, this morning we spoke with the company that organizes our trips. We are in the process of seeing if we can’t get around on a sand yacht. That is all”. Relaunched on what he thinks of the use of private planes, the attacker replies: “I don’t think anything.”
The contempt of PSG coach Christophe Galtier
And the long laugh of @KMbappe
—Paul Larrouturou (@PaulLarrouturou) September 5, 2022
3PSG are upset by their coach’s joke
According to information from the sports department of Radio France, Christophe Galtier’s sarcasm annoys within the Parisian club, especially since the coach had been warned that he would certainly be asked a question on this subject.
On Monday night, PSG make a completely different speech, stating that they negotiate from “many months” with the SNCF to guarantee certain trips. “This is an issue that we take very seriously.. We have about 25 away games a season.” The club adds that, however, it faces “logistical and security barriers”. “We study the best travel opportunity for each trip through numerous criteria (cost, travel time, safety, public order, time of day, match venue, stadium accessibility and environmental protection).”
the parisian he claims that the SNCF never won the bet for three reasons: the Parisian stations would not be sufficiently accessible, the security criteria would not be met, and the return trip at night would not always be possible. PSG also recalls having recently used a bus to get around Lille, specifying that this means of transport was “chosen for short-distance towns”, the club reminds Radio France.
4 Political and sports personalities are outraged
The departure of the PSG coach reacted immediately. Sports Minister Amélie Oudéa-Castera has been taking it since Monday night. “You’ve gotten us used to more relevant and responsible answers, shall we talk about that?”he wrote on Twitter, calling PSG and the Delegate Minister for Transport, Clément Beaune.
— Amélie Oudea-Castera (@AOC1978) September 5, 2022
Add the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. “No, but is it okay to answer things like that???? We woke up guys???”, writes the mayor of Paris on Twitter, appealing to their deputies in charge of sport, urban planning and the transformation of public space and mobility.
Bixente Lizarazu, football consultant for franceinfo, also regrets the reactions of Christophe Galtier and his player. “Of course he’s wrong. This joke is clumsy. Mbappe’s laughs too. Football clubs and footballers are not outside the system.”
We ask everyone to make an effort in terms of the environment, we must also ask the footballers.”Bixente Lizarazu, football advisor
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About France Inter, climatologist Valérie Masson-Delmotte goes further. For this member of the High Council for Climate, a player like Kylian Mbappé could, on the contrary, be an ambassador for the climate cause. “The words that you can have and the gestures that you will have will have a much greater influence than anything that scientists can say or do because it makes people dream, it inspires a lot of people”She believes. “And there are many scientists who would be delighted to speak with footballers at PSG and elsewhere to encourage their actions and share knowledge.”she adds.
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