French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has expressed his frustrations with Karim Benzema for his role in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape blackmail case.
Benzema was charged with conspiracy to blackmail for an alleged role in an attempt to extort money from his France teammate using a sex tape back in November.
The Real Madrid forward was accused of accepting a request from a childhood friend to act as an intermediary between the blackmailers and Lyon winger Valbuena.
“Benzema is a guy that I like a lot,” France Football quoted Le Graet as saying at a press event in his native Brittany.
“In terms of his value on a sporting level, if there wasn’t this case, it would be unthinkable to do without him in the French team.
“It’s true that in this story I’ve supported him and perhaps I did so a bit too much – that I protected him in an excessive manner.
“But I like him a lot and I believe that everyone has room for error. Everywhere, in all environments, there are good and bad, people make mistakes. Teachers, businessmen, company directors do too.
“Benzema comes from an extremely difficult background. He got caught up in this case through stupidity. He was really dumb. But I’m not a big believer in people who lecture others.”
Benzema risks missing out on Euro 2016 if he is found guilty of the sex tape blackmail.