Candidate for the presidency of the French Football Federation, Michel Moulin returned to his statements around the selection of Karim Benzema that he would impose if he was elected. He feels he has been misunderstood.
The candidates for the presidency of the French Football Federation (FFF) drop their last arguments as the verdict approaches. The election will take place on Saturday and Noël Le Graët, outgoing president, is the big favorite even if he was not spared by the attacks of his two competitors, Frédéric Thiriez and Michel Moulin. Guest of the After Thursday on RMC, the latter returned to his remarks about Karim Benzema which had sparked controversy. “On the management of Karim Benzema, who is a great striker, Didier Deschamps, he is an employee of the FFF. If above him, he is told to play Benzema, he must make him play”, had- he declared in Le Figaro in January. This had caused the annoyance of the current French coach.
Two months later, Moulin clarified his words. “You need a boss who brings people together, he explains. It’s not for Deschamps to carry the Benzema case on his shoulders, it’s for the boss. I would have liked to meet Mr. Deschamps and Mr. . Benzema to give a reason why Karim Benzema does not play for the France team. We did not have it. We would have had to sit down to find a solution. Karim Benzema is presumed innocent and, in my opinion, he will be cleared. What are we going to say six years later, without having selected him for the France team? “
“I never said that I was going to select Benzema, but that I would like to have a reason (for his absence), he continues. When Deacon and Henry argue, it is not press interposed. I would tell them. : ‘you are hurting women’s football, or you get on the right track or I fire you both’. That’s a boss. For Benzema and Deschamps, I would have asked: why and how. “
He would like a Savanier-Benzema doublet
The former sports director of Red Star 93 considers paying his direct communication and without calculation. “The negative point I have is that I’m not political, I’m football, he explains. I say it with my heart, because I mean it. I would love Teji Savanier to be in the France team to distribute balls to Benzema. I will not select him but I would like to see him in the France team. I have the right to speak like that, right? “
Karim Benzema has not played for the French team since the fall of 2015 due to his alleged involvement in the sextape blackmail case against Mathieu Valbuena. In January, the Real Madrid striker was referred to the criminal court in this case for attempted blackmail.