The 24-year-old defender of Barcelona started with France in the base during the round of 16 against Poland. Koundé had forgotten to take off his gold chain before the match. Wearing jewelry is not allowed during a football match. Referee Jesus Valenzuela only saw what had happened just before the break and forced the French footballer to take off his chain, for which he needed the help of someone from the coaching staff.
National coach Didier Deschamps was not happy with what happened. “I told him he was lucky he wasn’t right in front of me at the time,” said the national coach. “The referee had already told us that it was not allowed and I thought he had taken off the chain, but apparently that was not the case. It’s our fault. It’s just not allowed. Players aren’t going to wear sunglasses or a watch during a match, are they?”
(Source: Het Nieuwsblad)