Real Madrid striker, Karim Benzema, has been suspended indefinitely from the French national team over his involvement in a sex-tape blackmail attempt against teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
The French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet said in a press conference on Thursday that the suspension would include the 2016 European Championships to be held in France unless the case was settled.
His words: “I have decided, it is a decision from the president of the French federation and not from the executive committee or the ethics committee. As long as the judicial system has not decided that everything that has been published is excessive, the federation will not change its mind.”
The Real Madrid striker has admitted involvement in the case, telling investigators he approached Valbuena about the tape on behalf of “a childhood friend”, but claims he did not think he was harming the other player.