Trevor Noah accused of racism over World Cup comments

2018-07-18 17:14
Trevor Noah. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)
Trevor Noah. (Photo: Getty/Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Trevor Noah has been accused of racism after claiming Africa won the FIFA World Cup following France’s success at the 2018 event in Russia.

In a segment on The Daily Show, the South African comedian congratulated Les Bleus on their success but was quick to point out their achievement was down to the number of black players in the side.

“I get it, they have to say it’s the French team,” Trevor said during the segment. “But look at those guys. You don’t get that tan by hanging out in the south of France, my friends.

“Basically if you don’t understand, France is Africans’ backup team. Once Senegal and Nigeria got knocked out, that’s who we root for.”

After the final, in which France beat Croatia 4-2, it was revealed that 14 of the squad’s players had African roots.

Those players include Paul Pogba, who was born in France to Guinean parents, and Kylian Mbappé, who has a Cameroonian father and an Algerian mother.

Despite these facts, Twitter users didn’t find the funny side to Trevor’s words and called him out on social media for what they believe to be racist remarks.