Mathieu Valbuena reacted exclusively in Rothen ignites, on RMC, at the end of the sextape affair and his legal dispute with Karim Benzema. The 37-year-old attacking midfielder regretted the consequences of this long soap opera on his adventure in the France team and the impact on his private life.
Started in 2015, the so-called sextape affair is coming to an end. By renouncing a few days ago to appeal his conviction at first instance (one year suspended prison sentence and 75,000 euros fine), Karim Benzema therefore accepted the verdict of justice concerning his role in this story which upset French football for almost seven years. Exclusively for RMC, Mathieu Valbuena reacted on Tuesday at the end of this whole legal battle. Featured in the show Rothen ignites this Tuesday, the attacking midfielder shared his relief.
“It’s finally a chapter that ends. I had already been asked quite a few times on this subject since I became a consultant at RMC. But here it is, it’s true that I too was tired of everything that and I suffered a lot from it. Obviously I was penalized a lot on the sporting level, regretted the former OM and OL. This chapter is finally ending. For me, it lasted far too long. years and far too much time but that’s justice Finally I can move on I don’t hold a grudge at all and I’ve always said what I had to say about what happened . I’m not going to go back over this long affair but the most important thing for me is to turn the page.”
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“It especially cost me the France team”
Part of the France team after the arrival of Didier Deschamps as coach, Mathieu Valbuena was finally removed from the tricolor group during the rise to Euro 2016 at home. A direct consequence of his extra-sporting setbacks.
“It cost me the France team. It is true that it was Euro 2016 in France. In this case I was the victim, and I say it again, when I received calls anonymous of these people who wanted to blackmail me. I did not know who was at the end so I was at the end of my approach, still narrated the one who wore the jersey flanked by the rooster 52 times. As we know all of them, it penalized me a lot sportingly and also in my private life. It was difficult times from which I was able to recover. But yes, it cost me above all the French team. Obviously when you taste being international and playing for your country is something strong. It’s true that it was a very, very hard moment. I would have hoped to have another end with the France team, but it was like that. That’s how it is, that’s my career.”
Valbuena recounts Deschamps’ call
Relaunched about the end of his international career, Mathieu Valbuena revealed how he learned of his non-selection for Euro 2016. Sportingly, and despite his good season in Lyon “with Karim Benzema”, the attacking midfielder did not not found favor in the eyes of Didier Deschamps. With a phone call, the coach told him the end of his career with the Blues. And unlike the Real Madrid striker, Mathieu Valbuena did not have the right to a second chance.
“I had my discussion with Didier Deschamps. He called me to tell me that he was not going to take me for Euro 2016. I told him what I thought and that it was not based on sporting criteria, explained the player trained at the Girondins de Bordeaux. He did not agree with me but I said what I thought. Now there are no hard feelings and I said what I was thinking at the time. These are choices. Afterwards the train passed and it was more complicated.”
Valbuena has no regrets despite the ‘dramatic consequences’
After an attempt at sextape blackmail, Mathieu Valbuena chose to file a complaint. Seven years later and knowing the effects of this whole affair on the rest of his career, he has no regrets. “I have no regrets in having simply filed a complaint. I am not being blackmailed at all, continued the playmaker of Olympiacos in Greece. These are private things and there there are a lot of people who do private things and since they are not known it never comes out. I did it, no worries, I have no regrets. It’s my private life and it’s nobody’s business.
And Mathieu Valbuena to continue: “Of course there were dramatic consequences. The word may be a bit strong, but yes there were big consequences for the France team. Already in my life private, which is the most important, and then on my sporting life because football is my whole life. Afterwards, I didn’t know who was at the end of all that. It happened like that and I ‘ve been to the end of my approach.”