France manager Didier Deschamps’s home vandalized with word ‘racist’
France manager Didier Deschamps’s home was vandalized Friday, with the word “racist” written on a wall, according to French newspaper Le Télégramme.
The incident comes two days after French striker Karim Benzema said Deschamps “bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France” by not selecting Benzema for France’s Euro 2016 squad. Benzema is of Algerian descent.
Benzema, who scored 29 goals for Real Madrid this season, is the subject of a criminal investigation over an alleged sex tape blackmail plot against French teammate Mathieu Valbuena. The French Football Federation announced in April that Benzema would be left off the team.
The incident occurred at Deschamps’s property in Concarneau, in the Brittany region of northeast France.
Former French national team player Eric Cantona told The Guardian last week that he believes Benzema and other French players of North African descent were left off the team because of their race.
- Dan Gartland