Karim Benzema “got carried away by stupidity” but the Real Madrid striker deserves forgiveness, according to FFF president Noel Le Graet.
France forward Benzema has been charged with complicity in an attempt to blackmail and participating in a criminal conspiracy as part of an investigation into a sex-tape plot involving international team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.
Benzema could miss out on Euro 2016 in his home country as he remains suspended from France duty
while criminal procedings continue, but FFF president Le Graet does not believe the Real Madrid striker should be treated too harshly.
“Maybe I have protected Karim excessively in this matter, but I really like him and we all make mistakes,” Le Graet told Paris Breizh Media.
“He got carried away by stupidity in this case. He has been stupid like a donkey. But I don’t believe in lecturing people.
“There are good and bad people in all environments, among teachers, among businessmen, anywhere.
“Benzema comes from a difficult environment and he got carried away.
“Karim is a guy I really like. People talk to me about the way he expresses himself, but we take everyone as they are. Football is like that.”