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Benzema blundered on sex-tape- Deschamps

French head coach Didier Deschamps during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and France held at Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, 04 September 2015. PHOTO/EFE

French head coach Didier Deschamps during the international friendly soccer match between Portugal and France held at Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, 04 September 2015. PHOTO/EFE

MADRID, December 19- Karim Benzema has made a mistake over the sex-tape case and cannot play for France at Euro 2016 until his name is cleared, France coach Didier Deschamps said.

The troubled Real Madrid striker faces criminal charges after allegedly becoming embroiled in a sex-tape blackmail attempt against international teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

“For the moment it’s not possible” for Benzema to play at next year’s championships hosted by France, Deschamps told Le Parisien newspaper.

“He (Benzema) hasn’t appreciated the situation he’s in” says Deschamps in reference to Benzema’s angry reaction at being left out of the national squad.

“He’s made a mistake, that’s clear.”

Deschamps said the decision to leave the player out “was both ethically and morally coherent”.

Of Valbuena Deschamps said “he is the victim in this affair”.

“I’m not here to defend him as he’s not accused of anything” added the France boss.

In contrast to the reaction in France, Benzema has received full support from Madrid with both coach Rafael Benitez and club president Florentino Perez insisting they have faith that his name will eventually be cleared.

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“Benzema is doing okay. He’s going through a difficult time but his conscience is clear, sure in the fact that he has done nothing wrong,” Pérez told Madrid radio station Cadena Ser.

“I’ve known him since 2009 and he’s never done anything wrong,” said Perez who recruited Benzema from French club Lyon.

“In six years here he has only done good things. He’s never been late for training, he’s never been rude to a coach, and has never shouted at a teammate. He hasn’t even picked up many yellow cards,” Perez insisted.

Given the pressure Benzema is under it would be understandable if his form dropped but paradoxically he has scored 12 goals in 14 matches for Real so far this season.

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  1. Guest

    November 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm


  2. Andrew, SD

    November 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm


  3. Nyakio

    November 9, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I think its about time we take marriage seriously, its not an experiment its not something you get into with a mind to get out. Its a serious thing & many of us have taken it sooooo lightly. This will make one think twice before they get into it.

  4. Lilian mahia

    November 9, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I hardly support bills passed by our parliamentarians, but this one, iko juuest kabisa. Its high time people respected marriage as an institution invented by God himself.

  5. Chicalac

    November 9, 2012 at 8:33 am

    No jokes people it has gotten out of hands!!!!!!

    Adm. Chicalac

  6. Arthur Busaka

    November 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    The Government must respect the people as well and marriages must never be forced on people

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