Karim Benzema has been told he will not be a part of the French Euro 2016 squad.Benzema has not been invited to the French squad since the October 2015 friendly against Armenia.
This comes after news that Benzema is being investigated for allegedly attempting to blackmail internaternational teammate Mathieu Valbuena over an extortion involving a sex tape.
The 28-year-old has scored 27 goals in 81 appearances for the nation since making his debut in 2007 but has confirmed he wouldn’t be part of the squad,tweeting, ‘Unfortunately for me and for all those who have always supported me. I am not selected for our Euro in France…’ After the fixture with Armenia he was questioned by police and charged with conspiracy to blackmail Les Blues colleague Mathieu Valbuena, 31, over an alleged sex tape.The criminal case came to light on October 13 when ex-France striker Djibril Cisse was among four people being questioned by police.Lyon attacking midfielder Valbuena then defended Cisse – who denied any involvement in the attempt to extort money from his former Marseille team-mate and was released without charge by suggesting Cisse “conducted himself as a friend by trying to help me”. While Benzema has been suspected of being a part of the supposed extortion scam, which he denies any wrongdoing in, the French national football federation (FFF) indicated that he could not play for Les Bleus until his legal position has been clarified.
ALSO READ: TENNIS: Federer, Murray Win At Monte Carlo Masters
A statement on the FFF website read: ‘(Head coach) Didier Deschamps and (president) Noel Le Graet met to discuss the situation of Mr Benzema.The president of the federation and the coach would agree that athletic performance is an important but not exclusive criteria for selecting the France national team.The ability of players to work towards unity, in and around the group, are also taken into account.As a result, Noel Le Graet and Didier Deschamps decided that Karim Benzema will not participate in Euro 2016.’Benzema though hasn’t turned his back on France just yet,tweeting “Whatever happens… Once a Blue, always a Blue!”.