[Sport] Karim Benzema to stand in trial for alleged blackmail


Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is set to stand trial in October for alleged blackmail. 

Benzema is suspected of pressing Valbuena in 2015 to pay blackmailers who threatened to reveal an intimate video in which Matthieu Valbuena featured. The Frenchman will now face trial on October 20-22 according to the Versailles prosecutor’s office.  

Real Madrid ace has been banned from the national team since November 2015 because of his suspected involvement in the scandal, despite consistent showings for Real Madrid. The investigators who charged Benzema believed he was approached by a childhood friend that year to act as an intermediary and convince Valbuena to deal directly with the blackmailers.

Instead, Valbuena informed the police. Four other people will also stand trial over the attempted blackmail scheme.

Benzema appeared 81 times for France and scored 27 goals.


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