Benzema, Valls in war of words

Karim Benzema has responded to Manuel Valls, Prime Minister of France, who accused the Real Madrid striker of not setting a good example.

Benzema’s status with the France national team is up in the air amid the Mathieu Valbuena sex tape/blackmail case, with Benzema allegedly involved.

“A great athlete should be an example for young people,” Valls reportedly said, according to AS.

“I’m not the President of the France Football Federation nor am I Didier Deschamps [France Coach]. He has to pick the best team possible.

“But I don’t think the conditions are right for Benzema to return to the France team. Football isn’t only for the fans. It’s our heritage. Every gesture is important.”

Benzema didn’t take kindly to Valls’ comments and replied through his personal Twitter account.

“12 seasons as a professional. 541 games, no red cards and 11 yellow cards. And some speak of my exemplariness?!”

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