The French Football Federation (FFF) has condemned racist social media posts against Eduardo Camavinga after Christopher Nkunku was injured ahead of the World Cup.
Nkunku was ruled out of the tournament in Qatar with a knee sprain in training on Tuesday and is reported to face up to eight weeks out of the game.
Video footage circulated on social media allegedly shows Nkunku injured in the clash with Camavinga, causing the Real Madrid midfielder to receive discriminatory messages.
A statement released by the FFF on Thursday said: “Following Christopher Nkunku’s injury, Eduardo Camavinga has been the victim of racist messages on social media.
“FFF condemns these attacks in the strongest terms and fully supports Eduardo.”
— French Team (@FrenchTeam) November 17, 2022
Nkunku also defended Kamawinga, addressing his social media followers on Wednesday, saying the 20-year-old had been “unfairly targeted” and urging supporters to unite.
“Last night after medical examinations I had to leave Les Bleus and forfeit the World Cup,” Nkunku tweeted.
“Now let’s get to work with one single goal – to come back even stronger.
“A thought for my teammate Eduardo Camavinga who has become an unfair target. The World Cup should be a moment of unity, not division.”
France kick off their Group D campaign against Australia on Tuesday after suffering several injuries ahead of their bid to become the first team to successfully defend a World Cup since Brazil in 1962.
Midfield duo Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante will join Nkunku, who will miss the tournament, as will Paris Saint-Germain defender Prenel Kimpembe, who left his team on Monday.