By ADRIAN TAHOURDIN
As France prepares to host the Euro championships this summer, it’s a sobering thought that it’s probably an event the country’s security services could happily do without. But on the field of play itself, the hosts have deprived themselves of their star striker Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), over the matter of a sex tape that implicated another player, Mathieu Valbuena. It’s an unsavoury episode with a suggestion of blackmail. The manager Didier Deschamps (captain of the World Cup winners in 1998, and of the European champions two years later) decided that it simply wasn’t possible to overlook Benzema’s errant behaviour.