Karim Benzema of Real Madrid is to face trial over his supposed participation in Mathieu Valbuena’s attempted extortion relating to a sex tape allegedly featuring the Olympiakos star.
Five years ago, the former Lyon forward was accused of attempting to extort money from his fellow France international before a friendly match against Armenia.
And, according to AFP, the French prosecutor has now been told by the Prosecutor’s Office of Versailles that he will be brought to court on a date not yet specified.
“Benzema has nothing to be embarrassed of in this case.”
“the logical continuation of the instruction which perfectly defined the involvement of the various people”the logical continuation of the instruction that perfectly established the involvement of the various people.
In recent years, Benzema has spoken out frequently on the matter in question, with the Frenchman accusing Valbuena of dragging his name ‘through the mud.’
In May 2017, he told L’Equipe: “He said he wouldn’t have lodged a complaint if he knew I was involved in the story. I have been his worst enemy for more than a year and a half, a bad guy, a thug, I have to be punished, dragged into the dirt through the mud, my name and that of my family.”
It’s been almost two years since I was prohibited to see my best friend [Karim Zenati] if we don’t go to jail, and he’s quiet, but he’s going to have to stop his shit, and I don’t know why he’s still talking about me.[Saying] that I am his enemy, that I wanted to take from his money… It just makes me nuts to keep on lying, to stop inventing.
“He just had to tell the truth about what really happened, and he would not have had all of this.”
Even after the charges against him, Benzema, who denies any misconduct, has been ignored for international service with France.
Since November 2015, when the last of his 81 caps were won, the 33-year-old has not figured for Les Bleus.
Despite outstanding standards being maintained at club level with Madrid, a series of national team coaches have kept him on the outside looking in.
With 261 efforts recorded across 533 appearances, Benzema has stayed a prolific source of goals for the Blancos. In November, he ranked eighth in Goal 50.