Benzema ruled out for France in Euro 2016

A decision by the French Football Federation (FFF) has ruled Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema out of going to Euro 2016 with France.

Benzema is currently under investigation for his part in an alleged plot to blackmail France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

He has denied any wrongdoing, and said on Wednesday the decision to omit him from France’s Euro 2016 squad was unfortunate “for me and those who support me”.

After some legal restrictions preventing Benzema from making contact with Valbuena were lifted last month, it appeared to pave a way for the 28-year-old to rejoin the French side.

But the prosecutor in the case appealed the decision and it was subsequently reversed.

FFF president Noel Le Graet and France coach Didier Deschamps have now made the decision not to include Benzema for the European showpiece.

Benzema pleaded for his inclusion on Facebook earlier in the week, posting video highlights of his 27 international goals, but was ultimately unsuccessful.

“Whatever happens… Once a Blue, always a Blue!” he wrote.

Euro 2016 takes place in France from June 10 to July 10.

The home nation have been drawn in Group A alongside Romania, Albania and Switzerland.