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Karim Benzema agent 'hit journalists'

Benzema impressed in Brazil as France reached the quarterfinals.

French sports newspaper L'Equipe has said three of its journalists could take legal action after they were allegedly assaulted by France striker Karim Benzema's agent and a friend.

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The paper claimed the journalists were attacked and threatened because the two were angered by articles it had published about Benzema.

It alleged that Karim Djaziri pushed, insulted and threatened one of its journalists on June 17, between France's first two group games.

And it said two further incidents -- one involving Djaziri and the other an unnamed friend -- took place at the airport at Ribeirao Preto, the area in which Les Bleus were based during the tournament, last Saturday.

According to the paper, the friend told another journalist he had "lacked respect towards Karim Benzema" before slapping him.

Hours later, Djaziri allegedly hit a third L'Equipe journalist before insulting and threatening him.

Both alleged incidents are said to have happened after the France squad had returned home following their quarterfinal exit to Germany. L'Equipe said it would back the journalists if they decided to take matters to court.

Benzema, 26, scored three goals in Brazil and made two more as Didier Deschamps' side reached the last eight.

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