Benzema is one of France’s key players as it gets ready to host the Euro 2016 tournament, but he faces allegations of teaming up with a friend to extort money from teammate Mathieu Valbuena using blackmail over a sex tape the Lyon midfielder recorded.
The French Prime Minister joined in the criticism of Karim Benzema on Tuesday, saying the Real Madrid striker “has no place” on the France team at the European Championship in the wake of a blackmail scandal involving teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
His alleged active role in pressuring France teammate Mathieu Valbuena has badly damaged his reputation and could even earn him the sack at Real Madrid.
A great athlete should be exemplary,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French radio Europe 1. “If he is not, he has no place within the France team.”