Benzema barred

PARIS. — French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said yesterday that the conditions for Karim Benzema’s return to the France team “have not yet been met” as the player was still under investigation.

“I think that the conditions have not yet been met for Karim Benzema to come into the France team. He is still under investigation,” Valls told French broadcaster RMC. “At the same time it is a decision for the French football federation and the coach.”

Real Madrid striker Benzema’s hopes of playing at Euro 2016 received a huge boost after legal restrictions placed on him over his alleged involvement in a sextape blackmail case were lifted last week. — AFP.

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