Benoit Assou-Ekotto: 'French blame black players when things go wrong'

Spurs' Benoit Assou-Ekotto warms up before a friendly with Colchester on July 19, 2013
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Cameroon's Benoit Assou-Ekotto says that he chose not to play for France because he feels that the country blames 'black players and Muslims' when things go wrong.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto chose not to play for France because he claims that the country blames 'black players and Muslims' when the team is not performing well.

The Tottenham Hotspur full-back was born near Calais, but opted to represent Cameroon at international level, as he qualified to do so through his father.

Assou-Ekotto, who spent last season on loan at Queens Park Rangers, has revealed the reasoning behind this decision to be his refusal to play for a nation that he perceives to have a racist agenda.

He told reporters: "When the national team get a bad result, they start to say there is a little bit too many black people, Muslim people and this kind of stuff.

"I don't like it. There is no point for me to play for this kind of country."

The 30-year-old, who has been capped 23 times by Cameroon since debuting in 2009, is expected to start when the Africans face Croatia in their second World Cup Group A game on Wednesday.

Mexico's national football team players pose for a picture before the Group A football match between Mexico and Cameroon at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 13, 2014
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