France president Hollande hits out at Benzema

Embroiled in an ongoing blackmail controversy that has disrupted his international career, Karim Benzema has been criticised by the president of France, Francois Hollande.

While the striker’s Real Madrid career continues in earnest, Les Bleus are continuing to avoid a call-up for Benzema in light of allegations relating to teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

“Morally, Benzema is not setting a good example,” Hollande said in a newly-released controversial book ‘A President Shouldn’t Say That’.

It follows a number of outspoken views on how to tackle the ills of modern football.

“[French teams] should train players on the pitch less and give more lessons for the muscles in their brain,” he added.

“There is no community in the France national team, no attachment between club and country. In the team there are guys from very poor areas who left to play abroad too soon.”

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