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“I did it because the French whistled me,” said the goalkeeper of the Argentine national team, Emiliano Martinez.

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez grabbed the headlines during the FIFA World Cup final at Qatar’s Lusail Stadium on Sunday. The best players in the tournament were being rewarded for their heroics on the presentation podium when the goalkeeper made a vulgar gesture while holding the Golden Glove (a trophy awarded to the tournament’s most outstanding goalkeeper). She held the glove near her crotch and immediately, images of it went viral on social media. Many on the internet have criticized Martinez for such an act.

Now the player has explained the reason for the same. According to the message New York PostMartinez told the Argentine radio station La Red. “I did it because the French whistled at me.” He then said: “Pride doesn’t work with me.”

It is still not clear whether the goalkeeper will face a fine or a disciplinary penalty for the same.

An emotional Martinez said after winning the match against two-time champion France. “We suffered a lot. We thought we were in control, but they were able to come back. It was a very difficult game. Our destiny was to suffer. They suffered. last chance to win, luckily I was able to stop it with my foot.”

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He remembered his younger days and continued. “This is a moment I have always dreamed of living, I have no words for it. I left for England very young and I would like to dedicate this victory to my family.”

The 30-year-old saved from Kingsley Coman in the shootout to help Argentina to a 4-2 victory after the nail-biting final ended 3-3 in extra time. Martinez became the first Argentinian player to win the Golden Glove. He was joined at the trophy presentation by teammate Lionel Messi, who took home the Ballon d’Or, and Best Young Player award winner Enzo Fernandez.

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