Fresh trouble is looming over Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema as there are calls for him to be shut out of the French National team by French Prime minister Manuel Valls.
Benzema has been locked in a sex tape blackmail scandal for a while and for the French Prime minister, the striker does not have a moral standing to remain in the French national team.
Speaking on French radio Europe 1, Valls said ”a great athlete should be exemplary. … If he is not, he has no place within the France team.”
Benzema is facing charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam, the Real Madrid striker is suspected of playing an active role in the plot and to have pressured teammate Mathieu Valbuena to deal directly with the blackmailers.
It is yet to be seen if the French national team coach will bow to the pressures coming from the government circles on Benzema.
Since making his debut in 2007, Benzema has so far recorded 87 appearances for Les Bleus.