Benzema Found Guilty in Sex Tape Blackmail Case, Handed One Year Suspension

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France and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspension, jail sentence and 75,000 Euro ($84,000) fine in a sex tape case that rocked French football.

A French court on Wednesday gave Benzema the suspension sentence for complicity in a bid to blackmail his former France team-mate, Mathieu Valbuena, with a sex tape.

The sentence was tougher than that sought by prosecutors against the 33-year-old player over the 2015 extortion attempt, which led Benzema to be cast out of the France team for five-and-a-half years.

Benzema was not in court in the Paris suburb of Versailles for the verdict, which comes hours before Real Madrid take on Sheriff Tiraspol in a Champions League game in Moldova.

The verdict is not expected to damage his career, with French football federation president Noel Le Graet saying he could keep his place in Les Bleus even if convicted and Real Madrid also remaining supportive of their star player.

But Benzema’s conviction nonetheless cast a pall over his stunning comeback to the national team earlier this year after a years-long absence.

Benzema has scored nine times since being recalled by France manager Didier Deschamps for the Euro 2020 finals — delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic — making him the fifth-highest scorer in the history of Les Bleus.

 




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