Is that really a racist insult, though? I'm sure every player identifies as French, but if their roots are African (as in, they were born in Africa) it's not that bad. Imagine, if you will, that Canada wins the next World Cup (hey, stop laughing, c'mon, quit it ) They do this with a team comprised of players born in South America, but who came to Canada to seek a better life and trained here, and won here. If the resulting sentiment was "South Americans won the World Cup for Canada", I don't know if I'd take offense since technically it's not untrue. Same applies here, no?