Lens’ Facundo Medina apologises after saying he’d put Kylian Mbappé in an ambulance

Argentinian Lens centre-back Facundo Medina (23) has apologised after claiming he’d put Kylian Mbappé (24) in an ambulance during the season-defining Ligue 1 showdown between league leaders PSG and second-placed Lens on Saturday night. Les Parisiens have only a 6-point gap with the Artois side, who are firing on all cylinders after sealing four Ligue 1 wins on the bounce. The Franck Haise-led side seems to be in full confidence before taking on Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes, and Medina certainly was in the mood to boast.

Speaking on the Son Aviones Twitch channel, and pointed out by Le Parisien, the all-action Argentinian had claimed it would be difficult for him to mark his fellow countryman Lionel Messi (35), because he’d be afraid to hurt him. “If he dribbles past me and gets away, I’d come to him to embrace him and ask for a hug“, laughed the Lens centre-back. However, Medina was never going to do the same to Mbappé, who almost single-handedly won the 2022 World Cup final with France over Argentina. “He’s hard to mark as well, but you know me. If Mbappé goes past me, an ambulance would need to pick him up.

After realising he went a bit too far, Medina took to Instagram to issue an apology. The 23-year-old said his dig to Mbappé was an inappropriate joke. “I would never act this way towards a fellow professional, even less towards one I respect, because it doesn’t reflect the values I carry as a man and as a professional.”

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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