French politician tells French striker ‘go play for Algeria’

The Real Madrid striker won't be playing this summer

Karim Benzema in action for France
Sharpshooter Karim Benzema won't be playing in the Euros Image Photo Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images

Karim Benzema sparked controversy this week when he stated that it was his belief that he was left out of the squad for Euro 2016 because the manager, Didier Deschamps had bowed to pressure from a racist section of French society.

Benzema, who made the remarks to Spanish paper Marca, laid out his grievances with the French setup but refuted claims that Deschamps himself was a racist. 

“No, I do not think so. But it has bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France. You have to know that in France the extremist party reached the second round in the last two elections. I do not know, therefore, if it is a decision only Didier, because I’ve gotten along with him, with the president. Well, and everyone. I do not have a problem with anyone! In fact, I’m trying to sell a person who creates problems, looking for stories that are never happy … is false.”

In response to the statement French politician and granddaughter of National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, Marion Le Pen, has taken to Twitter to offer her opinion. 

She said Benzema was splitting the country with his statements. 

She then proceeded to tell him if he was unhappy to play for Algeria. 

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran

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