Trevor Noah faced an online backlash after saying Africa won the World Cup, not France, because most of the team’s players were black.
Noah, 34, from Johannesburg, discussed France’s 4-2 win over Croatia on Sunday during a segment on “The Daily Show”.
“Africa won the World Cup. I get it, they have to say it’s the French team. 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.”
The comments didn’t go down well at all in the online world, with social media users taking to Twitter to have their say.
See some of the reaction below:
Noah defended his remarks in a followup tweet on Wednesday but insisted his comments were in no way meant to take anything away from the French.
The comedian’s remarks came after Barack Obama also spoke about the French team, using them as an example to look beyond race.
He said during a speech in Johannesburg in which he honoured the late Nelson Mandela: “Just ask the French football team that just won the World Cup.
“Not all of those folks looked like Gauls to me. But they’re French! They’re French,” Obama added, according to Fox News.