Roy Keane slammed Kylian Mbappe for his unsportsmanlike behaviour after he sustained a nasty injury to his nose during France's 1-0 win over Austria.

Mbappe suffered what appeared to be a broken nose after accidentally colliding with Austria centre-back Kevin Danso late in the game in Dusseldorf. The France captain had blood pouring from his nose as the medical staff attended to him, but the events afterwards opened him up to criticism.

The 25-year-old was ushered to the sidelines by the medics but then decided to re-enter the field of play, forcing the referee to stop the game when Austria were chasing an equaliser. Mbappe walked onto the pitch holding his nose before sitting down. Didier Deschamps then replaced him with Olivier Giroud.

Speaking about Mbappe's decision to return to the pitch to stop play, Keane said on ITV: "He gets an injury, it's frustrating. Obviously he's gone back onto the pitch to stop the play. But he's gone on to sit on the pitch, I don't like to see this, this is out of order if he's been instructed by the manager to go back on.

"He's obviously had treatment and come off. I don't mind that he's gone back on, but to go back on and sit on the pitch, he deserved that yellow card, I don't like to see it."

Gary Neville added: "To be fair, when he looks back, I think he'll be disappointed, because I think he's looked at Deschamps and Deschamps has gone 'Get on' and I think he'll feel like he's let himself down."

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Former England defender Matt Upson made a similar point on BBC Radio 5 Live: “Mbappe has gone back on the pitch without permission - the referee is going to book him and rightly so. You cannot do that! Was he advised to go back on? He just walked back on holding his nose and sat down on the pitch. It looks like he has badly damaged his nose."

"Apparently the nose is not good at all," Deschamps said post-match. "So we’ll see. It’s obviously the negative point of the evening. Even if it’s just his nose it’s annoying for us."

Not long after however and Deschamps was left thankful. Mbappe, having been taken immediately to Dusseldorf's main hospital, was diagnosed with a nose fracture, but it was decided would not need to undergo surgery. There is even the possibility that he could be back as soon as Friday, when France meet Netherlands in Leipzig.

He left hospital shortly after 1am and tweeted: “Any ideas for masks”.

The French Football Federation then issued a statement, which read: “Kylian Mbappe returns to the base camp of the French national team. Mbappe suffered a broken nose during the second part of the Austria-France held this Monday in Düsseldorf.

"The captain of France was treated first by the medical staff and Dr. Franck Le Gall, who diagnosed him with a nose fracture.

“Mbappe will receive treatment in the next few days, but he will not undergo surgery in the immediate future A mask will be made for him so that the number 10 of the French national team can prepare for his return to the competition after a period dedicated to treatment."

Mbappe wasn't the only Frenchman to endure a painful night, with Antoine Griezmann sustaining a cut to his forehead after being nudged into the advertising hoardings by Max Wober. But it was ultimately a successful night for Les Bleus, who opened their campaign with three points in Group D thanks to Wober's own goal.

New captain Mbappe was at the heart of the game's only goal, having sent in the cross which Wober managed to nod past his own goalkeeper in the first half. The soon-to-be Real Madrid striker should have made it 2-0 when he went through on goal in the second half but he surprisingly shot wide.

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