December 5, 2022

France star player Karim Benzema has been handed a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined 75,000 euros ($84,000) over his involvement in the attempted blackmail against former French national teammate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape, the Olympiacos player’s lawyer confirmed

The court went further than the prosecutor in its ruling on Wednesday, which only requested a 10-month suspended prison sentence against Benzema.
“It was clearly announced by the court that Karim Benzema was not aware of the prior machinations and then, in the end, they said that ‘he can, not have known,’ without any proof,” one of Benzema’s lawyers Sylvain Cormier said outside of the courtroom after the verdict came in.
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The court found that although football was not talked about, it was involved in the case