Karim Benzema has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence by a court in Versailles for his part in the extortion case surrounding the sex video of football player Mathieu Valbuena. The Real Madrid attacker must also pay a fine of 75,000 euros.

The case revolves around a video of Valbuena, Benzema’s former teammate with the national team. A friend of the attacker is said to have blackmailed the Olympiakos Piraeus midfielder in 2015. The sex tape would be destroyed in exchange for 150,000 euros. Benzema would have pressured his then colleague international to pay.

The French attacker has always denied involvement in the affair and will appeal.

National team

The conviction does not have to affect Benzema’s international career. French national coach Didier Deschamps can simply call the attacker, although it is questionable whether he will do so.

When the case came to light, the national coach put Benzema out of the selection. During the European Championship last summer, the striker made his comeback after a six-year absence.

At his club Real Madrid, which will play against Sheriff from Moldova in the Champions League tonight, he has never been left out of the selection because of the affair.


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