Giroud hits out at France fans after being booed

Date published: Tuesday 31st May 2016 10:32

Olivier Giroud has urged supporters to get behind the France team after being booed by his own fans during the 3-2 victory over Cameroon.

Arsenal striker Giroud is understood to have received abuse on his way out of the team hotel, while his name was whistled when the team was read out at the Stade de la Beaujoire.

And the boos continued throughout throughout the match, despite the 29-year-old scoring just before half-time, with fans unhappy at the continued absence of Karim Benzema.

“You know that I have gone through stages in my career that have been quite complicated, so these things don’t hurt me much, but it is true that it is a shame,” Giroud said.

“Being French, playing in France, if we miss a chance we want the fans to encourage us. They are also there for that.

“Especially as I scored a goal with my only shot. So I do not understand it much but what was important was that we won, and that I continue that personal run of scoring.”

And when asked whether the boos were due to the non-selection of Benzema, who will miss Euro 2016 due to ongoing legal issues after questioned by police in November in connection to an alleged blackmail attempt against France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, Giroud replied: “Yes, we must not pretend that it isn’t.

“I am… we are with Dede (Andre-Pierre Gignac) those who will be targeted.”

France manager Didier Deschamps, meanwhile, came out in support of his striker.

“The whistles were unfair tonight. But in Biarritz, Olivier Giroud was applauded.  People can perhaps be… conditioned. But Olivier scored again tonight,” he said.

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