Blanc unhappy with Benzema

Les Blues boss says striker had no excuse for lateness

Blanc unhappy with Benzema

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France head coach Laurent Blanc is unhappy Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema reported late for international duty.

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Benzema was not involved in Real's 6-1 thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday, something that has added to Blanc's frustration.

Even though France's team meeting on Monday was pushed back an additional hour, some players were still unable to report on time.

Blanc has, however, ruled out the possibility of sanctioning players for indiscipline with so many internationals already suspended.

France tackle Romania and Luxembourg in their upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers and have a number of players unavailable following their infamous strike in last summer's World Cup finals in South Africa.


"He did not play (in La Liga) so (Benzema) should have been on time," said Blanc.

"The meeting had been pushed back to 1130, 1230, and yet some are showing up late.

"I think that even if the meeting was at 2030, some would still be late.

"We already have suspended players, we're not going to shoot ourselves in the foot."