Karim Benzema has slammed France Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet after he backed Didier Deschamps’ decision to omit the striker from his World Cup squad.
The Real Madrid star was frozen out of the national team setup in 2015 after being investigated for allegedly blackmailing former team-mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.
— French Team (@FrenchTeam) May 30, 2018
Deschamps has previously suggested that there is a chance of Benzema playing for Les Bleus again but has continued to snub him for the time being.
In response to Le Graet’s comment that France now play a certain “style of play and we cannot go back”, as quoted by L’Equipe, Benzema took to Twitter to air his disappointment.
“Mr [Le] Graet, with all due respect, you’ve lost an opportunity to remain silent,” the 30-year-old wrote.
“I’ve discovered your true face, and this isn’t the one that said he appreciated me and wouldn’t discuss the subject of team selections!”
Benzema has endured a difficult season for Real Madrid, in which he scored just five goals in 32 La Liga appearances.
The fact that he will not be on the field when France kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia on 16 June only adds insult to injury.