Wenger slammed for Africa comments

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Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come in for some strong criticism following his controversial suggestion that Africa's infrastructure is not good enough to help players reach their full potential.

The former Gunners boss, who is now FIFA's chief of global football development, recently attended the International Coaching Conference in Germany, where he claimed that if Kylian Mbappe "had been born in Cameroon, he would not have become the striker he is today.

"There's Europe and there's rest of the world. 

"The latter needs help, otherwise we're going to miss a great deal of talent."  

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On Tuesday, South America's football governing body CONMEBOL hit back at Wenger's suggestion that Africa's infrastructure is inadequate for talent development. 

"Wenger's words, beyond showing an unusual ignorance about the valuable input of African players in world soccer, and particularly in Europe, show a denigrating twist that hides the effort of footballers and sporting institutions that are not in Europe," a statement from CONMEBOL read, per ESPN.

"Just like Africans, we South Americans know first-hand that kind of behaviour that comes from the belief that the world begins and ends in Europe." 

CONMEBOL also added that the "most objectionable prejudices are disguised as reasoned and intelligent reflections", and confirmed that it had sent a letter to FIFA to "condemn the very unfortunate expressions of the high FIFA officer".

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