France's Benzema Tears into Valbuena over Sex Tape Scandal

Ruben Hill
May 20, 2017

Benzema's alleged misdemeanor with Mathieu Valbuena has seen him omitted from the national set-up since 2015.

Benzema was once again absent from a squad that will contest fixtures against Paraguay, Sweden and England in June.

"He's dragged me through the dirt and sullied my family name", he said. His continued lying is driving me mad. "I am here to choose players to build a squad, because for me the collective has always been above everything else", Deschamps said. It all came from him this sex-tape business. "Sex tape, he just had to tell the truth about what really happened, and he would not have had all of this". He made his last appearance for the French team in October 2015. Benzema told L'Equipe newspaper yesterday that he met Macron before he started his political career and that they "stayed a bit in touch via messages".

As a result of the allegations, the Galacticos striker was left out of Euro 2016, and has remained an outcast in the global scene since the scandal was made public. Former French President Francois Hollande was also quoted as saying in a book previous year that Benzema was not an example of morality.

However, Benzema said he was being left out for non-sporting reasons.

"Pitiful!" was the blunt, single-worded response that France coach Didier Deschamps gave to Karim Benzema's social media "liking" of rapper Booba's inflammatory post. "I would say only one word - it's pathetic." .

As the scandal lingers on, Benzema - preparing for a second successive Champions League final with defending champions Madrid - is growing frustrated by the 32-year-old Lyon winger. "It's all part of his story", Benzema told L'Equipe. "I wanted to show to him, like some others, that he belongs to the France squad".

Benzema remains out of favour with Deschamps following a long-running feud between the pair and appears to have made the relationship worse after liking an Instagram photo showing himself gliding past Atletico Madrid players with the faces of Deschamps, Olivier Giroud and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

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