Benzema’s race claims ‘sad’ and untrue – Schneiderlin

Morgan Schneiderlin not happy with Benzema for remarks

Real Madrid’s French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Real Sporting de Gijon at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on January 17, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ PEDRO ARMESTRE / AFP / PEDRO ARMESTRE

Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin says it’s sad Karim Benzema accused France manager Didier Deschamps of racism. 

The in-form Algeria-born Frenchman Benzema was left out of Deschamps’ final France squad for the Euro 2016 maybe because of criminal investigation into his alleged involvement of blackmailing international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

However the striker took it all badly as he suggested an element of racism may have been responsible for his exclusion as quoted in Spanish newspaper Marca recently.

“When some accuse the coach of racism it is really sad,” Schneiderlin said.

“Just know, seeing his selections, how he speaks to us, to realise that he is light years to be racist.

“In the group, there are different religions, different skin colours.

“It’s sad to talk about this.”

Schneiderlin was only a late call-up to the France squad following an injury to Lassana Diarra.

The Euro 2016 host have been drawn in Group A alongside Albania, Romania and Switzerland.