Paris Saint-Germain Sporting Director Leonardo has blasted the French Football Federation (FFF) after they failed to inform the club that Kylian Mbappe had tested positive for coronavirus.
It was confirmed on Monday that Mbappe had returned a positive COVID-19 test and he has since left the French camp and will play no part in Tuesday’s Nations League fixture with Croatia.
The FFF said in a statement confirming Mbappe’s positive test. “He was placed away from the group after receiving the results, at the end of training, before going back to his own home in the evening.
“Like the entire delegation, Kylian Mbappe had undergone a test prior to the games of the international break.
“The result was negative, like the one last Wednesday, at the request of UEFA, before Sweden against France.”
But Leonardo was furious with that the Federation did not tell PSG about Mbappe’s positive test and the club only found out via media reports.
He told RMC, “I find it completely unacceptable that we learn from the press that one of our players is positive.
“They released a statement and sent the player home but no-one from the Federation has communicated this to us. No one has contacted us.
“Exactly. He is at home and we learned that from him.
He was asked if they are managing the situation well, he said. “Are we managing? Everyone gives lectures to PSG, that we’re poorly managed. But when this happens, it’s still PSG that have to manage the problems, despite not knowing about them. PSG are always the bad guys in the story.
“It is a lack of respect to never communicate with the club. We did not speak with anyone. We only spoke with Mbappe. We were the ones who had to put the pressure on. It is unacceptable.”
Mbappe is now the 7th PSG player to test positive for coronavirus.