Following his involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape affair in October 2015, Karim Benzema (32 years old, 81 selections and 27 goals) saw all his ties cut with the French team and its coach, Didier Deschamps.
The latter would never have forgiven the Real Madrid striker for having reproached him for “giving in to a racist part of France”, in the columns of the newspaper Marca before the Euro 2016.
A version confirmed by the former director of the press service of Les Bleus, Philippe Tournon, this Saturday on the radio RTL. “He (Deschamps, editor’s note) was really upset by what had happened.
And one can think, even if he never said it clearly, that the red line had been crossed that day,” explained the former member of the FFF, in reaction to the referral of Benzema to the criminal court of Versailles.
As a reminder, the break-up had taken a more serious turn when Deschamps’ residence in Concarneau was vandalized with tags, following the release of Benzema in Spain.
Valbuena-Benzema: towards a lawsuit
Suspected of “complicity of blackmail attempt” in the case of the sextape of Mathieu Valbuena since 2015, the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (33 years old, 15 games and 8 goals in La Liga this season) will have to explain himself in court.
According to the AFP information this Thursday, the case of the player trained at Olympique Lyonnais has been referred to the criminal court of Versailles.
Despite several attempts by the Frenchman’s lawyers to declare the investigation null and void, the Merengue striker is indeed heading towards a trial. As a reminder, since the beginning of this extra-sports story, Benzema has not been called up to the French national team by coach Didier Deschamps.