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French senator wants Karim Benzema’s Ballon d’Or title, citizenship be stripped

Karim Benzema signed for Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia in the course of the summer season. Reuters

French senator Valerie Boyer has referred to as for footballer Karim Benzema’s Ballon d’Or award to be revoked and his citizenship stripped after current statements on the Israel-Hamas battle. It additionally comes on the heels of French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin outrightly saying Benzema belongs to Muslim Brotherhood, a non secular and political group that’s designated as a terrorist group by France.

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Benzema posted a message on Sunday, 15 October, the place he spoke in regards to the assaults on Gaza Strip. In his publish, the previous Actual Madrid striker stated: “All our prayers go out to the people of Gaza, victims once again of unjust bombings that spare neither women nor children.”

After this tweet, Darmanin stated Benzema had hyperlinks to the Muslim Brotherhood. A portion of Darmanin’s remarks, as reported by French TV outlet CNews, reads: “We have closed 1,100 Islamist establishments. And in recent weeks, I’ve been particularly interested, Mr. Benzema is linked, we all know it, notoriously with the Muslim Brotherhood.”

Instantly after this, Senator Boyer, representing Les Republicains in Bouches-du-Rhone, said, as reported by MARCA: “If the statements of the Minister of the Interior are true, we must consider sanctions against Karim Benzema. An initially symbolic sanction would be to strip the Ballon d’Or from him. Finally, we must request the loss of nationality.”

Karim Benzema was born in Lyon in 1987 to French dad and mom of Algerian descent. In an interview in June, the 35-year-old stated that his religion was the foremost cause behind his resolution to transfer from Real Madrid to Al-Ittihad. Talking with Objective, he stated: “Well, because I’m Muslim, and this is a Muslim country, and I have always wanted to live here (explaining the reason for his transfer to Al-Ittihad).”

Enjoying for France, Benzema scored 37 targets in 97 appearances. He retired from international football in December 2022.

The 2021-22 season marked one of many highlights of Karim Benzema’s enjoying profession. Throughout this season, he scored a formidable 44 targets and supplied 15 assists in 46 matches throughout numerous competitions. He additionally helped Actual Madrid to victory in each Spanish LaLiga and the UEFA Champions League.

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