This is a controversy that Florian Thauvin would have done well. Guest of the show “Rothen s’ignite” on RMC Friday evening, it was the former Marseillais himself who ignited the debates on social networks. In question ? A conversation “off” between the left-hander, the journalist Jean-Louis Tourre and the former Parisian Jérôme Rothen, who thought the microphones cut. But they weren’t.
It all started with Thauvin’s comments on the idyllic living environment his family enjoys in Mexico, especially his son. “I couldn’t talk about it during the interview, but just for my son, you imagine that today he is 2 years old. He speaks French with us, Spanish with the nanny and he is at the American School. It’s a crazy thing, just for him”, rejoiced the Tigers player. Before our colleague from RMC do not restart it: “Really, you couldn’t imagine raising him in Marseille, did you? Among the dingoes and everything?”
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My son is 2 years old, it is not possible for him to go to school in Marseille
The beginning of the problems for Thauvin, who then put himself in a delicate position: “I’m honest, I can’t say that on the air. But it’s true that when I got the extension offer from OM, they made a crazy effort, with a contract of Crazy. Longoria and Sampaoli did everything. But I said to myself, ‘my son, he’s 2 years old, it’s not possible that he goes to school in Marseille like that’. Even me and my wife we don’t couldn’t take it anymore.”
Words very badly perceived by the Marseille community, which was quick to react after this leak. Starting with the mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan. “Good evening RMC Sport. For information: OM is the biggest French club, Marseille its most beautiful city and the Marseillais its most incredible people. Good evening. #TeamOM”, he tweeted.
Inevitable, the reaction of the 2018 world champion was quick, via a video posted on Twitter. “I am really disappointed, disgusted, I see it as a betrayal, because we do not reveal a private conversation publicly”, he first regretted about this leak. Before getting back to basics. “What is important for me is to come back to the subject, and in particular to the comments made by the journalist, which I do not agree with at all, which are inadmissible”, he blurted out.
I should have reacted immediately
Before resuming. “I made a mistake because I did not react. I should have reacted immediately and simply defended ourselves. For that, I apologize to all the Marseillais. As for the rest, to clarify the situation, I was simply explaining that I had done the rounds in Marseille, that I needed a change in my professional and private life, and that I was proud and happy to to be able to offer the opportunity to my son to discover a new country, a new culture, and the fact that he can learn several languages”.
Journalist Jean-Louis Tourre also explained, indicating that “it was of course not intended for broadcast”. “I regret the word ‘dingos’ to qualify the Marseillais. A familiarity to designate the particular context that we have to manage when we play at OM”, he added. A precision that should not be enough to calm the debates. No more than Florian Thauvin’s reminder of his attachment to OM…
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