Deschamps will never forget Benzema's allegations of racism

2021-01-26 04:25

Deschamps tak akan Pernah Lupakan Tuduhan Rasisme Benzema

As a result of Benzema's comments, Deschamps received a lot of hate from French citizens.

JAKARTA - French national team coachDidier Deschamps said he would never forget the allegations of racism by Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The 52-year-old coach is still heartbroken by the allegations made by Benzema a few years ago.

Karim Benzema has been exiled from international football while he awaits trial on charges of blackmailing former teammate Mathieu Valbuena. Deschamps has not included Benzema in the France squad since the Valbuena case surfaced in 2015.

Having confirmed that he would not be part of the squad for Euro 2016, Benzema said Deschamps had bowed to pressure from racist groups in France. As a result of Benzema's comments, Deschamps received a lot of hate from French citizens.

"It leaves a mark. Even if it fades a little over time, I can't forget it," Deschamps told RTL as quoted by Marca , Monday (18/1). "This is not just about Karim Benzema, but there are comments from other people who abuse my family."

The Deschamps family home has been attacked and he tried to sue Benzema for his comments, but the court rejected his claim.

Manchester United legend Eric Cantona was one of those who stated that Benzema's ethnicity had played a role in Deschamps' case when he spoke to the Guardian in 2016.

"Benzema and (Hatem) Ben Arfa are two of the best players in France and will not be playing in the European Championship," Cantona said. "And to be sure, Benzema and Ben Arfa, they come from North Africa. So the debate is open."






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