"I do not understand why Noel Le Graet talks about the Benzema case and takes the initiative to say that 'Benzema is finished in the French team' It's not up to him to do it, but to the coach," asserts so our consultant Alain Roche. "This story takes on significant proportions, especially when we talk about the best striker we have ever had."
And if France football is cut in half, the journalist Release Gregory Schneider reminds that the Benzema case has always gone beyond the borders of football. "The case Benzema started with this sex-tape blackmail (against Mathieu Valbuena, editor's note", a case out of football that is not yet judged," he says. "It was discarded a first time in December 2015 between the two rounds of regional elections, with the rise of the FN. The Benzema clan pointed this out. Manuel Valls (Prime Minister at the time) pronounced for the eviction of Benzema. Everyone took this story and the player's clan saw it as a political story. "
" If Euro 2016 had been held in Austria, Benzema would have been "
And yet, Karim Benzema has very nearly failed to return quickly with the Blues. "Christmas Le Graet had begun its Federal Council to prepare a return of Benzema before Euro 2016," says Gregory Schneider. "He even said that this story could become a symbol, but at the last moment, Deschamps did not take Benzema," he said.
Euro 2016 was finally held without Karim Benzema. "The coach needed to train all the French public behind him, because it was a euro at home," says the journalist. Release. "Two people from the Federal Council tell me at the time that if the Euro 2016 had taken place in Austria, Benzema would have been there."
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Dider Deschamps supported Benzema for a very long time when he was not scoring
But the real turning point is the history of graffiti on the house of Didier Deschamps, accusing the selector of "racist". "Deschamps, at that time, said stop, it was over for Benzema," says the journalist. And to conclude: "These are lots of little things that have nothing to do with football."
Alain Roche compares the case of Benzema with that of Euro 1996. At the time, Aime Jacquet had not selected Eric Cantona and David Ginola, the two players being then perceived as too "cleavage". "Benzema must feel aggrieved.It is not judged on a sporting point of view, but on a group problem," laments the former PSG player.
But for Jean-Francois Peres, we all too often forget that Dider Deschamps has long been an unwavering supporter of the player. "I would not like to make Didier Deschamps a false trial, he supported Benzema for a very long time," said the head of the European Sports Service 1. "Let's not forget that when Benzema does not did not score for ten matches, Deschamps had renewed his confidence. "