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No EURO 2016 for Karim Benzema

The French Football Federation has announced this evening in an official press release that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will not have his suspension from playing for the national team lifted for EURO 2016.

The press release pointed to the need “for the players to be united” in the squad during the summer’s championships and stressed the need for “exemplary conduct for the preservation of the squad” in whatever capacity it may be.

It also stated that the FFF had been given special access to the evidence in the case against Karim Benzema in the Mathieu Valbuena sextape scandal and that the federation concluded that they could not be certain that Benzema had not committed any wrongdoing.

Benzema has already reacted via the social media networking site Twitter: “Sadly for me and for those who always supported me, I will not be participating in our Euros in France.”

This decision has caught many French football experts by surprise, but is almost undoubtedly the morally correct decision.

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