French justice has buried the complaint filed by the French coach, Didier Deschamps, against former international player Éric Cantona for having hinted at racist motivations in the coach’s call for Euro 2016.
According to local media, the Paris Court of Appeal annulled the procedure, considering, as it had done in the first instance, that the defamation claim was unclear.
Deschamps went to court after Cantona assured in an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian in 2016 that the selection of the coach for the Eurocup that year in France, which did not include Karim Benzema and Hatem ben Arfa, had been made with reasons. racists.
Deschamps has a very French surname. He may be the only one in France who has a truly French surname. No one in his family has mixed with anyone. Like the Mormons in the United States, “Cantona said ironically, adding that” it is clear that Benzema and Ben Arfa are the two best French players and that they will not be in the Eurocup.
The former Manchester United footballer implied that the absence of these two players had to do with their “North African origins.”
Those statements came shortly after Benzema accused Deschamps of having yielded to “pressure from a racist part of France” when drawing up the list.
Days later, the coach’s home in Biarritz, in the French Basque Country, woke up with graffiti of racist insults.
The episode caused great discomfort to the coach, who has never hidden the pain he suffered from those accusations.
The Real Madrid forward stopped being called up with the French team in October 2015, after he was charged with alleged complicity in a blackmail case with a sexual video of the footballer Mathieu Valbuena.
The trial for that case, for which he can be sentenced to up to five years in prison, will open on October 20 at the Court of Versailles, five months after his return to the national team. EFE (HN)