Sex Video Tape scandal: French forward Karim Benzema banned for Euro 16

The Real Madrid forward was already served an indefinite ban by the FFF for his alleged involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal.

Updated: Dec 11, 2015, 16:42 PM IST
Sex Video Tape scandal: French forward Karim Benzema banned for Euro 16

New Delhi: The French football Federation (FFF) on Friday confirmed that Karim Benzema will not be a part of the Les Bleus' squad for the Euro 2016 tournament.

The revelation came a day after the Real Madrid forward was served an indefinite ban by the FFF for his alleged involvement in the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal.

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The 27-year-old denies any wrongdoing but if found guilty, could face a minimum of five years in prison.

"Today, Karim Benzema is no longer available for selection. It's a personal decision (of mine), I have informed [coach Didier] Deschamps," FFF president Noel Le Graet told a press conference.

"Benzema will not be available for selection in March, nor for EURO 2016 if the situation has not evolved.

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"The Benzema affair for me hurts, but I am sanctioning him because I am the president of the FFF.

"I would have liked to have had a face to face with him... but the law does not permit me to do so."

However, the president confirmed that Valbuena is available for selection.

(With Agency inputs)