Probably the most racist action carried out by any football authority in the recent 10 years, Karim Benzema was not included in the French National squad for the upcoming tournament.
The French national of Algerian descent, despite having scored 5 goals in the Euro qualifiers, he was left out by Deschamps. He was allegedly blackmailing his team-mate Valbuena, the French midfielder, over a sex tape, which maybe one of the reasons why Deschamps dropped Benzema from the squad.
Two individuals — in addition to Benzema and his childhood friend Karim Zenati — have been accused of blackmailing Valbuena and allegedly threatened to release the video if they did not receive a pay-off in the region of £100,000.
This world-wide controversy is not only a blow to Benzema’s national career but also France’s future in the upcoming tournament.