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Mbappe was one of Benzema’s main supporters in the France national team – report

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The theory that Karim Benzema was intentionally evicted from the French National Team last month has been rapidly gaining steam in recent days.

Reports suggest that Didier Deschamps was not a fan of the Ballon d’Or winner’s inclusion and thus exaggerated his injury to send him back.

Further, it has come to light that certain influential players in the dressing room like Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud disliked the Real Madrid star too. However, against popular conception, it has now come to the fore that there were some in favour of his inclusion.

According to reports from COPE (h/t Madrid Xtra), Kylian Mbappe was one of the supporters of Karim Benzema in the dressing room and liked playing with him on the national team.

Mbappe, however, was powerless when it came to Deschamps’ decision to bench his compatriot and could do nothing but watch in silence.

The Real Madrid captain announced his retirement from international football after realising the conspiracy behind the scenes and has even unfollowed several members of the team on social media. His complete commitment and focus will now be on Real Madrid.

Having completely recovered from his injury, the Frenchman is expected to start for Carlo Ancelotti’s side Real Valladolid next week and will have to play a key role if Los Blancos are to push for the title this season.

Meanwhile, Mbappe had a phenomenal run in Qatar and came second to Lionel Messi in the race for the Golden Ball. He finished as the top scorer in the tournament with a stunning hat-trick in the final of the world’s biggest competition. 

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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