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MARCA, June 1, 2016
"Didier Deschamps has bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France," French soccer player Karim Benzema told Spanish sports daily MARCA, less than 10 days before the beginning of the European championship in France.
Benzema's remarks echo comments made a few days ago by French soccer legend Eric Cantona, who suggested the striker, currently playing for Real Madrid, and another player of North-African origins had been left out of the national squad on racial grounds.
Officially, the French soccer federation ruled out Benzema's participation after he was charged with conspiracy to blackmail a French teammate, Mathieu Valbuena in a sex-tape scandal.