Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro believes Africa and not France are the true winners of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
France beat Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final in Moscow, but with a team featuring a number of players of African heritage.
He has joined thousands of Africans who have been talking about it on social media.
Two of France’s goalscorers against Croatia have African roots: Paul Pogba’s parents are from Guinea while Kylian Mbappe’s parents are Cameroonian and Algerian.
Of the players who started in the final, Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon, Blaise Matuidi’s parents are Angolan and Congolese, N’Golo Kante’s parents are Malian while Raphael Varane’s father is from the Caribbean island of Martinique.
Of the 23-man squad, 16 have African roots of some sort.
Maduro is asking Europe to look back on this achievement and end discrimination against immigrants.
Venezuela state television quoted him as saying “the French team won, although it looked like an African team. Actually, Africa won – the African immigrants who have arrived in France. I hope Europe receives that message”
No more racism in Europe against the African people, no more discrimination against immigrants,” he added.