Jordan accuses Argentina hero of ‘cheating’ in World Cup final as ex-teammate reveals delight

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Emiliano Martinez has been accused of ‘cheating’ during Argentina’s World Cup final victory over France.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper saved Kingsley Coman’s spot-kick in the shootout and sh*thoused Aurelian Tchouameni into missing his.

Martinez was also the shootout hero of the quarter-final win over the Netherlands and ended the tournament with the Golden Glove award.

But Simon Jordan believes his antics during the penalties went beyond gamesmanship.

“Martinez’s actions, I thought it was cheating, the holding of the ball and throwing it the other way,” Jordan told talkSPORT.

“The goalkeeper’s actions, I don’t think it was gamesmanship, I don’t think it’s part of the game, I think it’s cheating.

“For a referee to allow the goalkeeper to manipulate the circumstances, to heighten the pressure, to increase it, I think was one of the shortcomings in that moment in time.”

Martinez spent nearly a decade at Arsenal but made just 38 appearances for the Gunners before joining Villa in 2020.

And former teammate Jack Wilshere revealed his delight at seeing one of his old pals playing such a pivotal role in winning the World Cup.

Wilshere told The Sun: ‘I was watching [the final] it with my Arsenal coaching staff and we were all up and down like yo-yos.

‘I’m not going quite as far as to say I was crying when that final whistle went – but I just might have done if Lionel Messi had lost.

‘And to make the occasion absolutely perfect, there was my old Gunners pal Emi Martinez standing alongside him as a world champion, and after having performed so magnificently.

‘To watch Emi do what he’s done has been amazing. To have seen him as a 17-year-old kid at Arsenal, who went out on loan to the likes of Oxford, Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday, to now be a World Cup winner.

‘I’m so happy for him. He made one of the best and most important saves ever in a World Cup final – that stop with his boot from Randal Kolo Muani right at the end of extra-time to get them to penalties.

‘Seriously, that save has helped Messi to the prize we all so wanted for him and that he wanted more than anything.

‘Then Emi saves Kingsley Coman’s shootout kick – and messes with Aurelien Tchouameni’s head for him to miss.

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‘He has an immense presence in goal. The target just gets smaller and smaller when he’s in it and I actually thought he would save one of Mbappe’s penalties before the shootout. He certainly came very close to it.

‘For him to win the Golden Glove as the best keeper – and the World Cup itself – is off the scale. It just shows why you should never give up in life.

‘He couldn’t get what he wanted, to be the first-team keeper at Arsenal, but now he’s on top of the world.’