On Wednesday November 24, the Versailles Criminal Court found the Real Madrid striker guilty of complicity in the offense of attempted blackmail. The French international who plays for Real Madrid has been sentenced to a one-year suspended prison and a € 75,000 fine.

Six years after the start of the Mathieu Valbuena sextape affair and nearly a month after his criminal trial, Karim Benzema was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence and a € 75,000 fine.

The French star’s duty to set an example Real Madrid forward, who did not attend the three-day trial last month due to his club’s sporting agenda, according to his lawyers, was also not present during the hearing.

Tonight, Real play a Champions League match on the lawn of Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.

For his alleged involvement in the sextape affair, an intimate video blackmail against footballer Mathieu Valbuena in 2015, the prosecution had requested against him 10 months in prison and a 75,000 euros fine.

According to reports, during the indictment, the prosecutors had recalled the duty of exemplarity of the French star, “bearer of an image, hope, notoriety and moral values”.

“Karim Benzema got personally involved with insistence in trying to convince Mathieu Valbuena to meet his man of confidence,” the court explained.

The French striker’s lawyers immediately announced that their client was appealing the judgment.

Against the four other defendants in this case which shook the world of French football, the Versailles criminal court handed down sentences ranging from eighteen months’ imprisonment suspended to two and a half years in prison.

Karim Benzema faced a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros.

Source: News Agencies

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