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  • Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema training for the World Cup in 2014.

    Mathieu Valbuena and Karim Benzema training for the World Cup in 2014. | Photo: AFP

Published 10 December 2015

Benzema has been linked to the blackmail case involving a sex tape recorded on a mobile phone.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema was suspended from the French team until the sex tape-blackmail case is resolved, the president of the national soccer federation (FFF) said Thursday.

"I have decided, it's a decision from the president of the French federation and not from the executive committee or the ethics committee, that Karim Benzema cannot play for France until the situation evolves," Noel Le Graet told a news conference.

"As long as the judicial system has not decided that everything that has been published on Benzema is excessive, the federation will not change its mind," he added.

Technically, the decision implies that Benzema cannot be selected in the national team until he is cleared of the alleged offence.

He is accused of having allegedly attempted to blackmail his Real Madrid team mate Mathieu Valbuena over a leaked sex tape. He has denied any wrong doing.

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