The South African comedian made the statement during his segment on The Daily Show, saying the victory was for Africa because most of the players have African root. He said;
‘Africa won the World Cup.
‘I get it, they have to say it’s the French team. But look at those guys. You don’t get that tan by hanging out in the south of France, my friends.
‘Basically, if you don’t understand, France is Africans’ backup team. Once Senegal and Nigeria got knocked out, that’s who we root for.’
However, the remarks has generated an international outrage as French football fans including French former reality TV star Martin Medus took to Twitter to blast for his comments.
Martin Medus said;
‘You’re a f****** racist. Those people are French and p***** to always be reminded of their background. They fight hard to tell people they are proud French people and yet you disrespect them calling them African. Are the Lakers an African team?’
One man said;
‘This is so racist to think that because they are black they are not French. They claimed their love of France. You denied them the right to be French? Is this what you want to deliver to all afro americans also?
‘98% of the players were born in France. Only two players were born in Africa, but they came at the age of two. So they’ve grown up in France.’