Karim Benzema gets one-year suspended term in sex tape case | Football News – Times of India

VERSAILLES: A French courtroom on Wednesday gave Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema a one-year suspended sentence for complicity in a bid to blackmail his former France group-mate Mathieu Valbuena with a sex tape.
The sentence was harder than that sought by prosecutors in opposition to the 33-yr-previous participant over the 2015 extortion try, which led Benzema to be solid out of the France group for 5-and-a-half years.
Benzema was not in courtroom in the Paris suburb of Versailles for the decision, which comes hours earlier than Real Madrid tackle Sheriff Tiraspol in a Champions League sport in Moldova.
His defence group instantly introduced plans for an enchantment.
Speaking to reporters on the courthouse, one of his attorneys, Sylvain Cormier, stated he was “quite stunned by the ruling”.
The prosecution had known as for Benzema, who was one of 5 individuals charged over an affair that rocked the French nationwide group, to be given a ten-month suspended sentence.
Benzema didn’t attend his trial final month, citing skilled commitments.
The verdict will not be anticipated to break his profession, with French football federation president Noel Le Graet saying he may hold his place in Les Bleus even when convicted and Real Madrid additionally remaining supportive of their star participant.
But Benzema’s conviction nonetheless solid a pall over his beautiful comeback to the nationwide group earlier this yr after a years-lengthy absence.
Benzema has scored 9 occasions since being recalled by France supervisor Didier Deschamps for the Euro 2020 finals — delayed by a yr because of the coronavirus pandemic — making him the fifth-highest scorer in the historical past of Les Bleus.

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