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Racism to blame for UEFA Euro snub, says Benzema

Controversial quotes from the Frenchman in MARCA.

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Karim Benzema was finally left out of France's squad for the UEFA Euro after the blackmail scandal involving Mathieu Valbuena and Madrid's striker. Benzema isn't happy about that decision and said in MARCA that Didier Deschamps made that call because of "the pressure from the racists."

"Deschamps has bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France. The extremist party reached the 2nd round in the last two elections," he says.

L'Equipe's correspondent in Madrid Frederic Hermel believes that Benzema "shouldn't have made those comments as they will not help his image in France," before adding that the French striker feels "very well and protected with Real Madrid."

Right or wrong, Benzema's quotes are definitely controversial as France has always been known as an open-minded country until some political movements arose after the terrorists attacks in Paris last winter. Benzema appears to believe that this part of the country put some pressure on Didier Deschamps shoulders to leave him out, thinking that his involvement in the blackmail scandal to Valbuena is secondary.

The French Football Federation will surely answer Benzema's words shortly, stay tuned.

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