Noël Le Graët reaffirmed on Wednesday that Karim Benzema remained selectable with the France team despite his conviction in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape case.
“As far as the Federation is concerned, there is no change,” the president of the French Football Federation told L’Equipe. It remains selectable, while regretting this annoying file. He did not play for several years for the France team. This sanction does not change anything for me. It is selectable. Even if he does not appeal, for me, it does not change anything, he continues. He has the right to work. You can make a mistake, get a suspended sentence and go back to work. ”
The star striker of Real Madrid, who made his return with the Blues last May after five years of absence, was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence and a 75,000 euro fine in the blackmail case. sextape of his former teammate under the tricolor tunic.
Noël Le Graët confided that he was very satisfied with the return to Blue of the former Lyonnais who also finished top scorer for the France team in 2021 with 9 goals.
“I’m happy with the player,” he explained. It is efficient, it drives perfectly well. There is no question that the Federation will take a decision that would be stronger than justice. Insofar as Didier wants to select him, the Federation will have no opposition. There is no obstacle to his continuing to play for the French team. “