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Benzema dropped by France

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Federation declare temporary suspension owing to sex-tape scandal, Deschamps cannot call him up Benzema, dropped by France The French Football Federation (FFF) has decided to suspend Karim Benzema provisionally owing to his implication in the sex-tape case, which means he cannot take part in any activity linked to the France national team. This decision, without […]


11 de diciembre de 2015 - Sportyou

Federation declare temporary suspension owing to sex-tape scandal, Deschamps cannot call him up

Benzema, dropped by France

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The French Football Federation (FFF) has decided to suspend Karim Benzema provisionally owing to his implication in the sex-tape case, which means he cannot take part in any activity linked to the France national team. This decision, without any doubt, has several implications to it, as now Didier Deschamps will be unable to call up the Real Madrid striker for the next fixture, in March, unless the instructing magistrate lifts the restraining order on Benzema and on the other international player affcted by the case, Mathieu Valbuena.

“This is a personal decision that I have to communicate to Deschamps. Benzema is not able to be picked and he won’t be in June [at Euro 2016] if the situation does not change” said the president of the Federation, Noel Le Graët.

The player himself, via Twitter, said that he respected the decision:

Real Madrid, for their part, have issued a brief statement in which the club “regrets, but respects the decision taken today by the French Football Federation to provisionally suspend Karim Benzema from the France national team, and wishes to reiterate once more its support for and confidence in the player..”

Here are ten of the most important comments the FFF chief made during his press conference, as reported in L’Equipe:

1. “It is just a decision of the FFF. Benzema is not able to be picked… until March [when the next international friendly fixtures are scheduled] and he won’t be in June [at Euro 2016] depending on the progress made in the case.”
2. “The judge took a decision. Until they are friends again or if the judge decides that they can meet again.” (The necessary conditions for Benzema to be able to be picked again.)
3. “Angry with Benzema? I’m unhappy about it firstly because he is good and because I’m convinced he was caught up in something completely crazy which went over his head.”
4. “Karim is sincere in his friendships. But he has been keeping bad company… He is a superior footballer and I appreciate him as a person.”
5. “Valbuena, is an exceptional man. As a member of the French team, he has never missed the slightest opportunity to shine. He is the victim in this affair.”
6. “Valbuena did not do anything. When he knew the case was about him, he did the right thing. He was close, very close to Benzema. Friendships can go through tough times, but one has to forgive.”
7. “My hope is that this case will blow over, and that the two players can shake hands and then play.”
8. “Didier Deschamps is in agreement with this decision. I am sure that he is sad about it.”
9. “I already said that I like hanging out with people who know football. I have discussed football with Thiriez over the last few months.” (Frederic Thiriez, the president of the LFP.)
10. “The France team is respected by all the players. They are as motivated as hell. We have no problems. I don’t want little saints.”

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