Karim Benzema has caused a storm ahead of Euro 2016 by claiming that his exclusion from the France squad was racially motivated. Joc Pederson Jersey . Under investigation over an alleged sex-tape blackmail case, Benzema told Spanish daily Marca that France coach Didier Deschamps had bowed to pressure from a racist French party in his selection process. His comments, however, have been met with indignation with politicians speaking out against the Real Madrid strikers accusations.French Sports Minister Patrick Kanner sympathised with Benzemas predicament, but rejected any attack on Deschamps just nine days ahead of the start of Euro 2016 in France.I can understand Mr Benzemas disappointment but under no circumstances are his statements acceptable regarding what he said about Mr Deschamps sporting decisions nor his personality, Kanner said.I call for calm, I would like us to concentrate on the competition and would ask everyone to get behind Les Bleus which is what the 23 squad members will be expecting of us. So lets stop this non-debate.Francois Fillon, who was Prime Minister for five years between 2007-2012 and who is hoping to run in the next presidential election, rejected Benzemas position out of hand. I cant stand for that, he said. Forever bringing the nations problems down to questions of race, religion and ethnic communities, its unhealthy. Didier Deschamps did not select Benzema for Frances Euro 2016 squad Benzemas remarks have re-ignited Frances racial tensions, and found some sympathy with Socialist Party parliamentarian Benoit Hamon.He told Frances Europe 1 radio station that Benzema was right to say we are in a country where racism is on the rise. But he insisted there was no evidence of Deschamps being a racist.Benzema was suspended from international duty in December over a legal investigation into an alleged attempt by one of his friends to blackmail France international Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.He faces up to five years in jail over accusations he encouraged Valbuena to pay the blackmailers. Benzema has denied all the blackmail accusations. 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Garbutt left the penalty box and skated at Penner before leaving his skates to deliver a check.WASHINGTON -- Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesnt want a repeat of starter Alex Woods outburst that got him ejected from Wednesday nights game against the Washington Nationals. Hell take the offences surge that came an inning later, though. Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Braves rallied past the Nationals for a 5-2 victory, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games. "We struggled early, but it was bound to happen," Upton said. "Weve been struggling for a while here. At some point, we had to break out." Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves snapped a three-game skid. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles. Washington entered 4 1/2 games behind Cincinnati for the second NL wild card. "Thats just not enough," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of taking the series two games to one. "We just cant afford to lose." Washington revealed after the game that Stephen Strasburg is being pushed back for the second time because of forearm tightness. He was scheduled to start Thursday but could not get loose Wednesday. Hes now scheduled to start Saturday. "I dont really know why its happening," said Strasburg, who will be replaced by Gio Gonzalez in the rotation. "When it happens, it happens. Its like a strong cramp. So, I just think it would put us in a bind if I went out there and felt it." Kameron Loe (1-2) got one out for the win. Craig Kimbrel, Atlantas seventh pitcher, rebounded from his loss Tuesday to record his 48th save. As he was being replaced after giving up two runs in the fifth inning, Wood was ejected for shouting and pointing at home plate umpire CB Bucknor. The rookie was upset with Bucknors ball-four call with the bases loaded earlier in the inning. "It was just one of those things where I let my emotions get the best of me there," Wood said. "In the latter part of that inning it was a big situation. I kind of felt it could have gone the other way and I did some things, said some things I probably shouldnt have said. (I) Immediately regretted it after I got inside." The inning began when Anthony Rendon singled and Washington pitcher Ross Ohlendorf bunted him to second. Span then hit a bouncer to first that Freddie Freeman bobbled for an error, putting runners on first and third. After Ryan Zimmerman walked to load the bases, Jayson Werth walked on a close 3-2 pitch to force in the games first run. Wood slammed hiss pitching hand into his glove as he came down off the mound and began yelling at Bucknor. Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys. Third baseman Chris Johnson attempted to calm Wood, while Fredi Gonzalez came out to argue and was ejected by Bucknor. "I thought I made a pitch and I didnt. I reacted probably the opposite of the way I should of," Wood said. Asked what he thought of the pitch after seeing the replay in the clubhouse, Wood said, "He called it a ball. Its a ball." When play resumed, Bryce Harper hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Span. Atlanta bench coach Carlos Tosca came out to remove Wood, who shouted and pointed at Bucknor on his way to the dugout. "You dont do that kind of stuff on the mound. But he was fired up," Gonzalez said. "Thats something you learn from, and control your emotions. So, well chalk it up as a young starter in an emotional game that we wanted to win, and he got himself a little excited." Washingtons Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 29 straight, the longest in the majors this season. Ohlendorf (4-1) allowed three runs over six innings. The right-hander, making his second start in place of Strasburg, retired 10 straight to start the game. But with Atlanta trailing 2-0 in the sixth, Uggla led off with his 22nd homer. "I mean you can never tell," Uggla said of Woods outburst. "Things like that, sometimes they can spark something, sometimes the other pitcher just bears down." Schafer then bunted and went all the way to third when Ohlendorfs throw to first sailed down the right field line. Ohlendorf got two outs, but Upton hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in left-centre to put Atlanta ahead 3-2. It was Uptons 23rd home run. NOTES: Atlanta won the season series, 13-6. ... Atlanta OF Jason Heyward (fractured jaw) took simulated at-bats Wednesday, saying it went well. "Its something to be excited about, but Ive got work to do and Im not going to be satisfied until Im back," he said. ... SS Andrelton Simmons didnt start after playing through neck tightness in Tuesdays doubleheader. Gonzalez said the decision was precautionary, and Simmons entered the game in the seventh. ... Washington LHP Ross Detwiler (back strain), on the DL since July 7, threw a bullpen session Wednesday. Hell throw another this week and then travel to Viera, Fla., to pitch in the Instructional League Monday. Johnson said given the number of games left, its unlikely Detwiler will pitch for Washington again this season. ... The Braves open a three-game series Friday at the Cubs. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '