Karim Benzema Won’t Be Part of Euro Cup 2016’s French Team

The France Football Federation has confirmed that Karim Benzema will not be a part of France’s Euro 2016 squad.

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File photo of Karim Benzema. (Photo AP)

The French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed that Karim Benzema will not be part of the national team as they host the 2016 Euro Cup.

Benzema is being investigated for is role in an alleged plot to blackmail France team-mate, Mathieu Valbuena. He was suspended from the national duty last December and now it’s final that he won’t be a part of the Euro squad. Euro 2016 takes place in France from 10 June to 10 July, with the hosts facing Romania, Albania and Switzerland in Group A.

“Athletic performance is an important factor but not exclusive criterion for deciding the France football selection,” read a statement released on Wednesday.

The statement was released after the FFF president Noel Le Graet and the France coach Didier Deschamps met on Wednesday to discuss Benzema’s situation.

“The ability of players to work towards unity, in and around the squad, and to be exemplary are also taken into account. As a result, Noel Le Graet and Didier Deschamps decided that Karim Benzema will not participate in Euro 2016.”

Earlier, the 28-year-old striker himself confirmed via Twitter that he won’t be a part of the Les Blues.

“Unfortunately for me and for those who have always backed me and supported me, I will not be selected for our Euro in France.”

He also wrote the same on his Facebook page.

The star forward was just freed of his legal restrictions over his alleged involvement in teammate Mathieu Valbuena’s sex tape case one month ago, which was considered to have paved the way for Benzema to play for the national team.

Earlier last November, a French judge placed Benzema under formal investigation as he was accused of blackmailing fellow French international Valbuena over a sex tape.

Both players were omitted from the national squad just an hour after Benzema was charged while Benzema was not allowed to come into contact with Valbuena.

(With inputs from the IANS)

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