Paul Pogba has been accused of ‘losing the plot’ during France’s shock Euro 2020 elimination at the hands of Switzerland.
The reigning world champions were dumped out at the last-16 stage 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw in 120 minutes.
Pogba scored a stunning goal to give France a 3-1 lead, but his performance has been overshadowed by off-field drama involving the Les Bleus squad.
Former France and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit discussed what happened on the pitch and believes Pogba made a costly mistake with the scores at 3-1.
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“I don’t really understand what happened to France versus Switzerland,” Petit explained to PaddyPower perMetro.
“During the game we only played well for 20 minutes after [Hugo] Lloris stopped the penalty. After it, we looked confident and like a good team.
“But then there was one incident – Pogba lost the ball for the second Swiss goal – and France collapsed.
“We lost everything. Concentration, team spirit, desire – and the tie. Worst of all, we started fighting on the pitch between ourselves.
“There was a big clash between [Adrien] Rabiot and Pogba, who lost the plot, after the second Swiss goal and from then on we had no control, no confidence.
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“We looked average – it’s hard to explain.
“[Kylian] Mbappe was asking for more responsibilities before the tournament, and there were stories about not passing the ball to [Olivier] Giroud.”
Pogba reportedly traded insults with Rabiot on the pitch, as did defenders Raphael Varane and Benjamin Pavard.
In the stands, a furious row developed and the family of Pogba and Mbappe allegedly clashed with Rabiot’s mother.
Veronique Rabiot once acted as her son’s agent but he has since employed someone new.
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“Pogba’s families after the second goal – Rabiot’s mother said Mbappe’s big head is spoiling the team,” Petit continued.
“Then Mbappe penalty is saved in the shootout. We looked so far away from the World Cup-winning team.
“It reminds me of our team in 2002, when we went out in the group stage of the World Cup. It’s a real shame because it doesn’t need to be like this.”
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