After his ridiculous, mis-timed celebration following his goal against Sweden. Layvin Kurzawa will not face punishment for his mistake.
You would have thought the France under-21 squad would have learnt their lesson from the problems the country had two years ago. It seems that former Manchester United target, Layvin Kurzawa, failed to heed failures of the past.
France was 2-0 up over Sweden after the first-leg of their under-21 play-off. After 71 minutes of the second-leg the Swede’s had turned it around and went 3-2 up on aggregate.
Then after a cross to the back post, left-back Kurzawa scored the vital away goal for France, levelling the game at 3-3. He then made the huge mistake of gloating in the face of his opposition, making a salute to suggest “where are you now”
The video went viral this morning, moments after Kurzawa’s celebration, Oscar Lewicki scored a fourth for Sweden, eliminating France from the competition.
Just to rub it in the Swedish celebrated by throwing Kurzawa’s ridiculous celebration back in his face. It was as much as the Monaco left-back deserved and will hopefully teach him a valuable lesson in humility.
Noel Le Graet, the President of the French Football Federation, made an appearance on radio station RMC and revealed that Kurzawa would not be penalised for his actions, saying:
“The match was lost collectively. France will not play in the European Championships. This is unfortunate, but they have already been punished.”
Former France coach Raymond Domenech has branded Kurzawa as a “moron” - with respect for the defender dwindling, it casts a huge shadow over his future.
Brought through the Monaco youth system, Kurzawa is set to have a huge future ahead of him, but this incident will put admirers off making a move for him in the summer.
Fees of around €15/20 million had been mentioned and before they signed Luke Shaw, Manchester United had been known to be keen. The red half of Manchester might no longer need his services, but the blue half could still show an interest if his performances from this season continue to impress.
Perhaps this showing of immaturity could be what spurs Kurzawa on to greatness. Or it could be something that follows him for the rest of his career.