Antoine Griezmann has been slammed by fans for a “disrespectful” goal celebration after he scored a contentious penalty against Croatia.
The Frenchman was accused of taunting Croatia after celebrating his goal with a ‘Take the L’ dance from the popular video game Fortnite.
Despite being named man of the match in France’s 4-2 victory, the 27-year-old’s heroics were soiled by the celebration that didn’t sit well with some fans.
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one thing i don't like about griezmann is his take the L celebration. cmon guys it's so disrespectful 🤦♂️
— Beranta (@ngrzakaria) July 15, 2018
That Griezmann celebration is painful, it hurts the eyes
— The Milkman 🏴🦁 (@georger33527718) July 15, 2018
I’m happy that Griezmann won the WC but please for the love of God get rid of that cringy ass Fortnite dance celebration 🤦🏽♂️
— Anthony ⚫️⚪️ 🏆🏆 💜 (@ForzaMarchisio) July 15, 2018
Griezmann seriously so disgusting. That L celebration. No class whatsoever.
— nobody (@getalife_19) July 15, 2018
— Naja Winther (@NajaWinther) July 15, 2018
Griezmann, who has been celebrating goals with the dance from the video game since May, gave the celebration an airing on the biggest stage in France’s World Cup final against Croatia.
France were awarded a penalty after VAR called on referee Nestor Pitana to review his decision not to award a spot-kick after Griezmann’s corner struck Ivan Perisic on the arm in the area.
After sending Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subašić the wrong way, the France striker wheeled away holding making an ‘L’ for loser with his hand.
Unfortunately for Griezmann, the post-goal celebration wasn’t the only incident that struck a chord with the fans.
The French striker assisted the opening goal of the final, but the action he took to be awarded the free-kick had some fans pull Griezmann up for diving.
Just seeing the highlights of the #WorldCupfinal, and saw the embarrassing dive by Griezmann that led to the #FRA opener. Real shame that a cracker of a game, and the ticker shown by #CRO, will unfortunately resonate with French gamesmanship and an incorrect penalty.
— Debayan Sen (@debayansen) July 15, 2018
@ESPNFC Why isn't VAR used for card worthy dives like Griezmann's dive that lead to the first goal? If you're going to award PKs for unintenional hand balls a ref misses via VAR, it should be used against dives too, since dives are one of the worst things about football.
— Paul Nettle (@voqar) July 15, 2018
@FIFAWorldCup What a disgrace. Griezmann should get a life time ban for his dive not be awarded man of the match for cheating to get a free kick and then scoring a penalty that should never have been given. You will never stamp out diving if you reward players for doing it.
— John Hart (@metalmutha666) July 15, 2018
Griezmann took a tumble when Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic appeared to clip his heels early in the first-half, and the free-kick he received resulted in a devastating own-goal for Croatia.