Karim Benzema ruled out of Euro 2016 for France because of ongoing blackmail case

The French football federation says Karim Benzema will not play for the national team at this year's European Championship.

Benzema is facing preliminary charges of conspiracy to blackmail relating to an extortion scam over a sex tape involving France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

Benzema was suspended indefinitely in December pending the ongoing case, and the FFF says in a statement that "(federation president) Noel Graet and (coach) Didier Deschamps have decided that Benzema will not be able to play at Euro 2016."

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Malheureusement pour moi et pour tous ceux qui m'ont toujours soutenu et supporté. Je ne serai pas sélectionné pour notre Euro en France...

— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) April 13, 2016

Leading politicians, such as prime minister Manuel Valls, said Benzema should not be selected for the national team.

The Real Madrid striker will miss a second major tournament after being left out of the 2010 World Cup squad.