The French Interior Ministry mentioned Russian MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov when explaining the allegations against Al-Ittihad striker Karim Benzema, who was convicted of links to a terrorist organization. Comments from department representatives receive RMC Sport.
“For several years we have been observing a slow drift from Benzema’s position towards hard, rigorous Islam,” replied people around the head of the French Interior Ministry, Gerald Darmanin, when he was asked to explain the basis of his statements aimed at football players.
As evidence of this, representatives of the Interior Ministry cited the footballer’s refusal to sing the French anthem with the national team, proselytizing on social networks around Muslim worship and a photo with the imam of the city of Meaux, which became the subject of a scandal because of the search after a connection with the murder of Samuel Paty.
“And finally the last element: support for the publication of Russian MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov, which is a real call to hatred after the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in the French press,” people close to Darmanen added.
Benzem found himself at the center of a scandal after he published a post in support of residents of the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out on October 7. The soccer player was also criticized by Darmanen, who said the athlete was “notorious for his ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.”