Snubbed Benzema Hits Back At FFF President's Claims
Snubbed Karim Benzema Hits Back At France Football Federation President's Claims
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has hit back at France Football Federation president Noel Le Graet after his comments about the forward's exclusion from the French squad.
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The 30-year-old, who was left out of his country's 2018 FIFA World Cup squad, has not played for his national team since 2015 following controversial blackmail claims in a sex scandal that also involved his former Les Bleus teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
FFF president Le Graet, who used to be one of Benzema's supporters, came out on Wednesday saying that France need to forget the Los Blancos star and look towards the future.
"This is an old story, and we cannot go back," Le Graet told L'Equipe.
"Everyone agrees that he is a great player, he is always a starter with Real Madrid, but with France, he is part of the history.
"Our team now has a certain style, and we cannot go back on that."
A frustrated Benzema did not waste any time in responding to the statement, suggesting, via Twitter, that the president has shown his true colours.
"Mr Graet, with all due respect, you have lost an opportunity to remain silent," the striker tweeted.
"I have discovered your true face, and this is not the one that said he appreciated me and wouldn't discuss the subject of team selections."
The Real star has been capped 81 times by his country, scoring 27 goals along the way.
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