Deschamp: Benzema had crossed the line
The France coach remains resolute over his decision that the Real Madrid striker won’t be back to the Les Blues squad under his helm.
Didier Deschamps said Karim Benzema had crossed the line when the former Lyon striker alleged: “he had bowed to pressure from a racist part of France.”
Benzema has been out of France set up since 2015, when he was reported to be behind teammate Mathieu Valbuena sex tape scandal.
Deschamp, who noted squad harmony as the reason for leaving the striker out of the national team at the time, believed the 31-year-old crossed the line the moment he accused him of latent racism.
The World Cup-winning coach, as quoted by Marca, “Some people can give speeches that can have consequences that go beyond any form of understanding, and I can never forget that.
“At that moment I considered that a line had been crossed.
“I pick French players, all of them are French, and it has never occurred to me to not select someone based on their colour or religion.
Benzema, capped on 81 occasions, scored a total 27 goals for the Les Blues.