Qatar 2022: How could FIFA punish Emiliano Martinez for the Golden Glove award offensive gesture?


Even though Argentina won the 2022 World Cup in a historic manner, their jubilation was marred by the actions of their goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, who was awarded the Golden Glove. Here, find out what possible punishment the goalkeeper and Argentina could face.

Emiliano Martinez, the Argentina goalkeeper, has come under fire for a string of controversial antics following the team’s World Cup victory, including wearing a doll with a Kylian Mbappe mask on his head during a parade in Buenos Aires. Amidst the post-match festivities, Martinez even played down his distaste for the Frenchman by suggesting a minute’s silence be observed for the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

It was the 30-year-old striker who saved an eventual winner from Randal Kolo Muani in the 105th minute of the championship game and then stopped Kingsley Coman in the shoot-out to give Argentina their first World Cup title since 1986. However, Dibu’s off-field antics, particularly his post-match celebrations, caused quite a stir.

Just as he did after winning the Golden Glove at Copa America 2021, the celebration of his success in Qatar 2022 was marred by a complete lack of propriety. Many pundits and celebrities have already called on FIFA to strip Martinez of the Golden Glove because of his attacking gesture.

What kind of punishment does Emiliano Martinez face from FIFA?

Many people across the globe were horrified and outraged by the Aston Villa goalkeeper’s celebration when he made a disrespectful gesture with the trophy while accepting it. Martinez then said that he made the gesture for the French supporters: “I did it because the French booed me. Pride does not work with me.”

But despite his justification, FIFA have issued a statement that shows both Martinez and Argentina have violated many sections of the FIFA disciplinary code. They said that there was a possibility that Lionel Scaloni’s side had broken regulations pertaining to “offensive behavior and infringement of the principles of fair play” and “misconduct of players and officials.”

The Argentinean FA is also being looked at by FIFA for any violations of media and marketing guidelines. La Albiceleste appear to have committed a large number of violations and will be punished for it in one way or another by FIFA, which is trying to send a strong message about inappropriate celebrations during the World Cup.

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