The Zimbabwe Independent

Benzema to face trial over sex tape case


Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema (pictured) is to face trial for attempted blackmail in a case linked to a sex tape featuring his former France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena, French prosecutor­s said Thursday.

Benzema, 33, who has not been selected for his country since the affair came to light in 2015, is accused of paying individual­s to extort money from Valbuena by threatenin­g to make the video public.

The French striker argues that a police officer used dishonest methods to draw him into the affair.

Valbuena, who now plays for Greek club Olympiakos, received a call from a blackmaile­r who threatened to release the video, and contacted the police.

Benzema has scored 261 goals for Real since joining the Spanish giants in 2009.

He and Valbuena were internatio­nal teammates at the time of the affair and were in the France squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

But neither Benzema nor Valbuena were selected by coach Didier Deschamps for the Euro 2016 finals on home soil in which France were beaten in the final by Portugal. — AFP.

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