Benzema slams Val­buena over sex­tape saga

New Straits Times - - Sport -

PARIS: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema lashed out at his for­mer in­ter­na­tional team­mate Mathieu Val­buena on Tues­day, lay­ing the blame for the fall­out of a sex tape scan­dal squarely on the shoul­ders of the al­leged vic­tim.

Both men missed the Euro 2016 tour­na­ment on home soil af­ter an investigation was launched into al­leged black­mail in a sex-tape scan­dal which is likely to go to court in France later this year.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors sus­pect Benzema of act­ing as an in­ter­me­di­ary be­tween the pre­sumed black­mail­ers, in­clud­ing one of his child­hood friends, and Lyon mid­fielder Val­buena.

But in an in­ter­view pub­lished on­line by French sports daily L’Equipe on Tues­day, Benzema went as far as ac­cus­ing Val­buena of ly­ing just two days ahead of France nam­ing their squad for up­com­ing 2018 World Cup qual­i­fiers.

“He called me scum, said I’d threat­ened him, made up all kinds of stuff,” said Benzema, who re­mains in in­ter­na­tional ex­ile with his last France ap­pear­ance in Oc­to­ber 2015.

“He’s dragged me through the dirt and sul­lied my fam­ily name,” he said. “He’s got to stop this non­sense.

“He’s re­ally got to stop mak­ing things up. His con­tin­ued ly­ing is driv­ing me mad. It all came from him this sex-tape busi­ness. All he had to say was the truth about what re­ally hap­pened.”

The 29-year-old Benzema is in his eighth sea­son at Real Madrid and is widely viewed as one of the best cen­tre for­wards in Europe.

“I’d be de­lighted to play in blue again,” he added. “I’d al­ways play for France with the same en­thu­si­asm.” AFP

Karim Benzema is in his eighth sea­son at Real Madrid.

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